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The Open: Ernie Els denies describing 14th and 15th greens as 'unplayable'

Last Updated: 19/07/13 9:49pm

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Ernie Els: Frustrated by bogeys at final two holes

Ernie Els: Frustrated by bogeys at final two holes

Ernie Els angrily denied describing Muirfield as "unplayable" after struggling to a second-straight 74 at the Open Championship.

The defending champion fought hard to ensure a place in the field for the weekend, which he managed by two shots on six over par despite bogeys at the final two holes.

The 43-year-old South African was quoted as saying the greens at the 14th and 15th - where Nicolas Colsaerts needed six putts - were "getting out of hand", but he dismissed suggestions he had labelled them as unplayable.

"I never said that. Where did I say it was unplayable?," he said. "I said it's borderline. Please. I never used the word 'unplayable'."

His mood was not helped by his bogey-bogey finish despite finding the fairway with his tee shots at 17 and 18.

"I'm getting nothing out of it, I'm very frustrated," he added. "I just made two bogeys from the middle of the bloody fairway.


"I'm hitting it nicely, I'm hitting it solidly. I'm trying to do the right thing (but) it's quite difficult out there.

"It's a links golf course, it's what you're going to get. It's firm, it's brown. It's bouncing all over the place. It's tough to control your ball and it's a pretty tough battle out there.

"I love links golf and I'm trying to be as positive as I can but for some reason I guess I got all my breaks last year.

"I'm not getting anything and it's just not going my way, although you're never out of a major if you are playing at the weekend."

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