So it will be interesting to see how well another controversial regulation fares when it comes into effect for the 2014 season, which gets under way on South Africa on Thursday, just four days after the 2013 season ended in Dubai.
Els was annoyed at the regulation which required players to compete in two of the first three events of the Final Series to be eligible for the season-ending DP World Tour Championship.
The South African did not fulfil that criteria - along with Sergio Garcia and Charl Schwartzel - and was therefore not in Dubai on Sunday as European Tour chief executive George O'Grady admitted that the amount of golf played by its star names had been "underestimated".
"The Final Series brought really good promoters and sponsors to the table and we will refine the details surrounding it to help its development," O'Grady said. "We have been talking to a lot of our players this week but talking during the heat of competition is not always the best time. So calmly we will reflect and, as and when we are ready, announce what these regulations will be."
It would be no surprise if the 'two from three' regulation was therefore dropped, even though it derives from the understandable desire to get as many top players to play as many events as possible in the face of stiff competition from elsewhere.
And that same desire underpins the new regulation for 2014 which states that players must support their national open or equivalent tournament, or be forced to play 15 events rather than 13 to maintain European Tour membership.
As Keith Waters, chief operating officer and director of international policy for the European Tour, told Worldwide Golf magazine: "It makes a huge difference when players compete in their national opens to the event itself, to the spectators and, importantly, to the sponsors and potential sponsors.
"For instance, the effect that someone like Bernd Wiesberger has on his national tournament, the Lyoness Open, is enormous. If he doesn't play, it's a real problem. It really is imperative to have their home-grown heroes play their own tournaments."
Critics of the regulation point out that Wiesberger is going to support such an event anyway, just as Lee Westwood is always going to play the BMW PGA Championship, Paul Lawrie the Scottish Open and Rory McIlroy the Irish Open.
But while that may often be the case, there can be no guarantee.
New European number one Henrik Stenson for example told Press Association Sport he was planning on playing the Nordea Masters in his native Sweden next year, even before the new regulation was approved. However, the world number three has only played the tournament three times since 2006 and is well aware that next year's event clashes with the Memorial Tournament hosted by Jack Nicklaus on the PGA Tour.
Sergio Garcia was a welcome addition to the Spanish Open field in April this year, but that was his first appearance in his national open since 2003, when he was the defending champion.
Compatriot Gonzalo Ferndandez-Castano was on the Tour's tournament committee which approved the regulation and believes it is a "fantastic idea", but he admitted: "We hate to tell the players which tournaments they have to play.
"Golfers, we are funny individuals and we don't like to be told what we have to do."
Tiger Woods summed it up with the words "independent contractor" when asked why he had not played the HSBC Champions event in China recently, despite being in the country anyway.
And while Woods only has to worry about fulfilling his membership requirements on the PGA Tour, it remains to be seen how those who play both in America and Europe will react with being told exactly where they have to play.
The vast majority of players do at least try to return to defend a title the following season, but for once it is good to see one such player not doing so.
Henrik Stenson's victory in the South African Open 12 months ago kickstarted his amazing run of success which saw him become the first man to win the FedEx Cup and Race to Dubai in the same season on Sunday.
However, Stenson said at the time that he was in "desperate need" of resting a long-standing wrist injury that he has been battling throughout the Final Series and has reluctantly withdrawn from this week's event at Glendower Golf Club.
"To be honest, if it had been any other time of the season, I probably wouldn't have played but I knew I was in with a chance of making history by becoming the first man to win The Race to Dubai as well as the FedEx Cup," he said.
"You don't get many chances in this game to make history so I pushed on and played but now I have been told by the physios and all the medical experts that I really need to have complete rest for a couple of weeks because, if I didn't do that, I'd risk doing permanent damage."