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Els goes on expletive-filled rant at Wentworth

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10:23 AM ET 05.27 | Call Ernie Els "The Big Uneasy." The South African qualified for a nickname change after seeing red in the third round of the $4.5 million BMW PGA Championship, the European Tour's flagship event. Els has never been as angry as he was when he finished his third round of the BMW PGA Championship. The South African launched into an angry, expletive-filled tirade against the Wentworth greens staff and the European Tour for the state of the Wentworth greens. Els' blood finally boiled over when he hit a 4-iron into the par-5 18th green and watched as the ball bounced into the back bunker. He failed to get up and down for birdie, and was hot when he came off the golf course. "Really, I am pissed off," Els said. "Conditions are tough and it has been blowing all night and this morning. I've asked them to put water on the bloody greens and then I spoke to JP (chief referee John Paramor) coming up the 15th and he said we did water it (the course) last night. I said 'you have to triple that.' You have a damn 30 mph easterly breeze blowing so put (expletive) 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."

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May 27, 2012  10:31 AM ET

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May 27, 2012  10:31 AM ET

Guess Ernie has been hanging around Tiger too much

May 27, 2012  10:56 AM ET
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Guess Ernie has been hanging around Tiger too much

He failed to get up and down for birdie, and was hot when he came off the golf course.

Naw...Eldrick has no problem getting up and down off the course, it's on the course where he has problems.

Or maybe "The Big Easy" nickname is actually related to off course activities?

May 27, 2012  11:43 AM ET

What a difference a couple of days makes.....

May 27, 2012  10:05 PM ET

It's only a game, Ernie, it's only a game.

May 28, 2012  08:51 AM ET

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May 28, 2012  09:42 AM ET
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May 29, 2012  07:21 AM ET

He's got a right to beef. If the staff has their heads up their behinds and don't put water on the greens, then the surface becomes like linoleum. That's what happened the last time they played Shinnecock and it was a supreme embarrasment to the USGA. I appreciate it when a player has the guts to speak out when something is awry.

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May 29, 2012  03:32 PM ET

Yours truly spent the weekend stomping around the Colonial.

Ol' Stranger may have the man to beat going into the US Open.

Even though that was a goofy finish, those two cats ran away from the field.

Suggestion to John Huh's brother: Pal, wear something WITHOUT Ping all over it. Oh, and try to cut back to 1 pack of coffin nails per hole.

May 29, 2012  04:08 PM ET
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Yours truly spent the weekend stomping around the Colonial.Ol' Stranger may have the man to beat going into the US Open.Even though that was a goofy finish, those two cats ran away from the field.Suggestion to John Huh's brother: Pal, wear something WITHOUT Ping all over it. Oh, and try to cut back to 1 pack of coffin nails per hole.

Sounds like a great way to spend a weekend. Ten years from now the top 30 golfers will look like walking Nascars. The promo/sponsorship wear is ramping up unfortunately.

May 29, 2012  08:32 PM ET
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Yours truly spent the weekend stomping around the Colonial.Ol' Stranger may have the man to beat going into the US Open.Even though that was a goofy finish, those two cats ran away from the field.Suggestion to John Huh's brother: Pal, wear something WITHOUT Ping all over it. Oh, and try to cut back to 1 pack of coffin nails per hole.

Well good for you. What players did you follow?

May 29, 2012  08:34 PM ET

I was rooting for Zack but, he almost blew it. I've done the same thing and forgot to put my coin back where it was supposed to be. I'm pretty sure he'll never do that again.

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May 30, 2012  02:00 PM ET
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I was kinda wonderin if nobody should pick the winner of the Open, would I still be the "reigning champ"? I mean it's important or anything, I'm just curious.Signed,Reigning Champ Rex.

Yup. You're champ until you are dethroned. Understand where Ernie is coming from but why didn't he adjust? If the greens aren't holding, play it like links and run the ball up.

 
May 30, 2012  06:04 PM ET
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I was kinda wonderin if nobody should pick the winner of the Open, would I still be the "reigning champ"? I mean it's important or anything, I'm just curious.Signed,Reigning Champ Rex.

To be the Champ...ya gotta beat the Champ. Your "it" until one of us picks a winner Rex.

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