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Els launches expletive attack

2012-05-26 17:20

Wentworth - Ernie Els launched an expletive-laced attack on European Tour officials and green keepers at the BMW PGA Championship for failing to water the putting surfaces heavily enough for the third round at Wentworth.

Els was criticised for tough changes he made to the West Course when he helped redesign it in 2010, but dished out the abuse himself after a flurry of high scores on Saturday.

"I'm fed up with it ... It's not my bloody job doing it. It's their job. They have been around a long time, I'm really disappointed with it," the two-time US Open champion said after his 2-under 70, which put him in contention for the title.

Els unleashed the criticism soon after seeing his 4-iron approach to the 18th skip through the green and into a bunker at the back.

He said some of the greens - especially the 12th - were "dead," making it nearly impossible to hold approach shots.

With eight of the 36 two-balls left out on the course, eight players had already carded scores in the 80s in the third round.

"Really, I am (ticked) off," Els said. "I've asked them to put water on the bloody greens and then I spoke to J.P. (chief European Tour referee John Paramor) coming up the 15th and he said, 'We did water it last night.' I said you have to triple that. You have a damn 30mph easterly breeze blowing so put fucking water on the greens.

"You don't have to be a rocket scientist to figure that out. So now we have another situation and the guys aren't going to be very happy. It is difficult enough as it is with conditions the way they are but the tour has really got to play the ball now, and the greens staff. I have been asking both to play ball with me for a while now and I can't keep taking this, and at some point they have to start listening."

Els added that talking to some tour officials was "like talking to this wall behind me."

Els's tirade came despite an impressive round, with the South African using all his experience to plot his way around the course and pick his moments to attack the pins.

Els expected younger players to struggle in such conditions, predicting that the likes of himself and Luke Donald would be better able to cope.

"I can see guys aren't used to these conditions and they are going to have a really tough time," he said.

Speaking after his third-round 70, third-ranked Lee Westwood diplomatically described the greens as "unique," while Martin Kaymer said it was a shame for the tournament.

"It's a little disappointing that you play such a good golf course, such an important event, and you have greens like this," the 11th-ranked German said. "It's a little sad but it's how it is this year."

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Comments
  • Squeegee - 2012-05-26 18:00

    You tell them Ernie...

  • Michael - 2012-05-27 11:20

    It seems "The Big Easy" is getting more difficult

      CharlesDumbwin - 2012-05-27 16:09

      exactly what I thought. Having said that, the pros probably do know what it takes to have a course in peek condition.

      Johan - 2012-05-28 19:56

      If he talks to me like that I'll beat him up right in front of the cameras man

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-05-27 17:26

    Hey Ernie I have the same problem at my golf club..........the greenkeeper does'nt water the greens enough so I know how you feel. Vasbyt man.

      louis.langenhoven - 2012-05-27 17:50

      ja hey when you know the greens are not watered enough you sommer put your approach shots in the rough for incase...I see that is what Ernie is doing

  • brett.step - 2012-05-28 07:44

    The greenkeeper only waters the greens for the guys in the top 40, so life is tough in the desert. ;)

      napolita.kio - 2012-05-29 08:48

      Hahaa.....!!!!

  • ludick.media - 2012-05-28 10:44

    a 4 iron into the 18th green ....jaaa ernie, try stopping a 4 iron from 220 meters on a green ....nice. Stop complaining and play the damn game. Why isnt everyone else complaining ??? ? Diva

      tim.comyn1 - 2012-05-28 11:20

      Read again, Westwood and Kaymer also complained although not as vocally.

  • Franco - 2012-05-28 12:42

    I am absolutely sure that there's someone who dislikes good constructive ccomments on a permanent basis. Or is it just me......

      Maxine - 2012-05-28 13:39

      sorry couldn't resist

  • rob.twentymanjones - 2012-05-28 17:19

    shame Ernie, possible water restrictions in place ??? lol Everyone played in the same conditions so surely you must adapt to the existing conditions ?

  • rob.twentymanjones - 2012-05-28 17:20

    possible water restrictions ?? lol you should be able to adapt to the conditions in play on the day - surely ? everyone else had to.

  • Tamaranui - 2012-05-28 18:41

    Who cares what you have to say, ''The big sleazy" Only in RSA would this be news.....washed up, hanging out for the Seniors tour.

      Johan - 2012-05-28 19:54

      @Tamaranui What an idiotic comment. a 3 time major champion with more money in the bank than you have back hair. I'd like to put one against your ear you butt kissing little weasel

      napolita.kio - 2012-05-29 08:54

      @Johan, it is possibly true that Tamaranui's comments may have been off in respect of calling Ernie "washed up". However, that is not idiotic comment, it's called a different of opinion. Further, whether Ernie has money or not it's irrelevant in this story. All players in this tournament played under the same conditions. Lastly, your last line adds nothing to the comments posted by Tamaranui. Here we go, thumbs down count begins ;)

      vdwjasper - 2012-05-29 08:58

      "...more money in the bank than you have back hair..." ? Eh, you both suck.

  • Gavin - 2012-05-29 10:13

    i can never land on the greens either, now i know why! and all this time i thought it was my 24 handicap hahaha

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