FOUR-TIME main winner Ernie Els underlined why golf has a proud popularity for integrity and truthful play by calling a two-shot penalty on himself on the BMW PGA Championship.
The veteran South African chipped in for an eagle three on the 12th after having changed his ball when it turned plugged in a green-side bunker.
Els, nevertheless, stated he shortly felt uneasy about his new lie and ultimately ended up signing for a par-five as an alternative.
“My second shot … I pulled a bit left and hit it into the bank of the bunker,” the 47-year-old advised reporters after finishing a one-under-par 71 within the opening spherical of the European Tour’s flagship occasion.
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“I requested my guys (enjoying companions) if I might examine it they usually stated ‘yeah’. I put it again and hit my chip shot and simply felt uncomfortable by the best way the ball got here out.
“The ball got here out means too good so I felt I in all probability didn’t fairly put it precisely the place I ought to have … so we took a two-shot penalty,” stated Els.
“I referred to as it on myself.
“The recreation of golf, it’s what it’s. I do know deep down the ball wasn’t fairly the place it ought to be and, you already know, I wouldn’t be capable of stay with myself.”
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Els, who is predicated within the United States however has a home on the Wentworth property, acquired stinging criticism from a few of his fellow gamers after masterminding in depth modifications to the BMW PGA Championship venue in 2009. The course has undergone extra radical alterations up to now 12 months, particularly the placing surfaces, and this time they’ve met with widespread approval.
“First and foremost, you have to thank the greens staff,” stated Els who gained the British Open in 2002 and 2012 and the U.S. Open in 1994 and 1997. “The greens are absolutely as pure as you can find.”