Els escapes after TV complaint

2012-07-12 17:27

Inverness, Scotland - Ernie Els's embarrassment at taking four shots in a greenside bunker during the Scottish Open almost became a whole lot worse when the South African was reported by an eagle-eyed TV viewer for a possible rules breach during the incident.

The two-time US Open champion was confronted by senior referee Andy McFee after his opening round of 70 on Thursday and told that a viewer thought Els had grounded his club in the bunker. Footage was reviewed but Els wasn't penalised.

Els says he was "digging a grave" when he attempted to escape the hazard on No 6.

A sanction would have left Els in disciplinary trouble for the second straight European Tour event, after he was reprimanded for an expletive-laced outburst at the BMW PGA Championship in May.


  • chaplinncharlie - 2012-07-12 17:51

    Die bl*ksemse Scotte is ook so vol K..nie eers waar nie...

      Squeegee - 2012-07-12 19:29

      Is Ernie off Kilt(er)?

      craig.bellingham.18 - 2012-07-13 07:22

      what have the scots got to do with Ernie grounding his club. AWAEYEGOYEMUGYE

  • provence.poppies - 2012-07-12 17:56

    Maybe just a wee too much whiskey old chap.

  • Nicholas - 2012-07-12 18:07

    He also wanted a little limelight ...

  • Tamaranui - 2012-07-12 18:12

    Another El's gem. Just take some time off and enjoy life. In a few years the Seniors beckon then you may continue your losing streak. hehhehehehehee

      kenjaymay - 2012-07-12 19:27

      Still trolling I see Victor!....must be a pathetic life you live!

      bob.mcmillen.564 - 2012-07-13 11:42

      Smart comment victor, and what are your great achievements in life apart from trolling on one of golfs most talented and popular guys.

  • Grant - 2012-07-12 18:16

    Why would a SENIOR REFEREE confront him about a viewer's allegations instead of just watching the footage in the first place? He obviously didn't if he wasn't penalised. Lame.

  • jeffrey.jones.357 - 2012-07-12 18:57

    Who cares?

      bob.mcmillen.564 - 2012-07-13 11:47

      Don't read it then.

  • jaco.fourie.330 - 2012-07-13 06:46

    dug his own grave :)

  • Kevin - 2012-07-13 07:01

    i would not call the viewer eagle eyed but rather a blind bat.......

  • fabio.marucchi.3 - 2012-07-13 09:09

    If you know golf, you will know Ernie is a Legend. Had he grounded his club he would have taken the penalty himself, that's golf!

      bob.mcmillen.564 - 2012-07-13 11:46

      Exactly fabio, absolutely no doubt about that, what are they trying to say on here, that the senior ref let him off, this is golf we are talking about here, one of the few if not the only sport left that is played with honesty and integrity, at least at professional level, sorry I can't say that about the club amateurs.

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