Okay, so the human rights issue involves the European Tour handing out huge dollars in purses demanding that players show up for playoff events, nonetheless, his Ernieness is very passionate about this blatant violation of independent contractor rights.
So Els is not playing the (hanging-by-a-thread) European Tour's grand finale in Dubai, all because he's suggesting it's "farcical" that they are insisting players play two out of three of the playoff events.
Get a U.N. investigator on the phone, pronto!
The firstest of first world problems...reported in an unbylined Reuters report:
Els, who is also a member of the US PGA Tour, said he understood why the European Tour wanted to coax its top players into contesting more of the big-money Asian tournaments.
"I can see [the tour's point of view] but it's crazy," he said. "I've been playing both tours since 1994 and it's been no problem but for some reason now the European Tour expect us to play a full schedule.
"We used to play seven events and you could keep your card in Europe. Now you have to play more than in America. [That is] the direction they're going in. I just think it's the wrong one."