Els in rant at Wentworth officials over state of greens as Donald leads the way
May 26, 2012 -- Updated 1727 GMT (0127 HKT)
Ernie Els completes his third round 70 at Wentworth but was critical of the state of the course in his later press conference.
- Ernie Els criticizes officials over state of greens at Wentworth
- Els masterminded re-design of West Course where PGA Championship held
- Defending champion Luke Donald leads after third round of 69 for 11-under 205
- Donald set to return to World No.1 in place of Rory McIlroy
(CNN) -- A furious Ernie Els blasted Wentworth officials over the condition of the course he redesigned after completing his third round at the PGA Championship Saturday.
The popular South African moved into a tie for fourth behind leader Luke Donald after a solid two-under 70 in blustery conditions on the West Course.
But rather than talk about his admittedly slim chances of victory, Els only wanted to bemoan the state of most of the greens, which he described as "virtually unplayable," due to a lack of watering.
He told the official European Tour website: "It's such a pity as so much work and effort has been put in.
"I wish the Tour and the green staff would put more moisture in, I have asked them, begged them to do it but obviously they see it differently.
"It's a never-ending story around here," he complained.
I wish the Tour and the green staff would put more moisture in, I have asked them, begged them to do it but obviously they see it differently
Els, who owns a property near the course, was commissioned by Wentworth owner Richard Caring to make radical changes back in 2010 and not all have been greeted with acclaim by leading players, particularly those to the par-five 18th.
The 42-year-old, who won the World Match Play tournament seven times at Wentworth, had to use all his expertise and local knowledge to move up the leaderboard.
Els was one of only 10 players to be under par, with Donald, set to reclaim the world number one spot, finishing with a birdie on the final hole for a joint best of the day three-under 69 for 11-under 205.
Fellow Englishman Justin Rose also shot a 69 to trail by two shots going into the final round where he will be paired with Donald.
The defending championship needs to finish in the top eight to leapfrog Rory McIlroy, who missed the cut at the European Tour's flagship event.
Donald first attained the ranking thanks to his 2011 victory and despite losing the No.1 spot since has shown incredible consistency.
"It will be a proud moment personally to go a whole year and still be at the top of the world rankings," he told BBC Sport.
"But obviously my main focus is to try to win the tournament."
Ireland's Peter Lawrie challenged him at the top of the leaderboard until dropping shots on the back nine to be third on seven-under.
Els, fellow South Africans Richard Sterne and Branden Grace and former British Open champion Paul Lawrie shared fourth, but six shots behind Donald.
Overnight leader James Morrison of England slumped to an 81 to go back to three-under.
Part of complete coverage on
September 12, 2014 -- Updated 1251 GMT (2051 HKT)
It's a big dilemma: Be with your wife for the birth of your first child, or stay at work and try to earn $11 million. For Billy Horschel, it's a no-brainer.
September 12, 2014 -- Updated 1140 GMT (1940 HKT)
She's just 19 but Hyo Joo Kim is already showing she's ready for the big time after recording the lowest ever round at a major championship.
September 10, 2014 -- Updated 1706 GMT (0106 HKT)
Masters champion Bubba Watson says winning the $10 million FedEx Cup jackpot would bring forward his retirement from the game.
September 12, 2014 -- Updated 1131 GMT (1931 HKT)
The world's top women golfers will be chasing a $3.25 million prize purse at one of the most stunning courses on the LPGA Tour.
September 3, 2014 -- Updated 1219 GMT (2019 HKT)
Tom Watson selects Keegan Bradley, Hunter Mahan and Webb Simpson as his wildcard picks for the Ryder Cup contest with Europe.
September 2, 2014 -- Updated 1352 GMT (2152 HKT)
Ian Poulter, who has constantly haunted the U.S. in Ryder Cup golf, is back after being chosen as a wildcard by European captain Paul McGinley.
August 25, 2014 -- Updated 1540 GMT (2340 HKT)
Tiger Woods has split with his longtime coach Sean Foley after not winning a major during their four-year tenure.
August 11, 2014 -- Updated 1105 GMT (1905 HKT)
Success just keeps on coming for Rory McIlroy, but the world No. 1 is already targeting more titles following his second PGA Championship win.
August 8, 2014 -- Updated 1424 GMT (2224 HKT)
From Seve's "spine-shivering" moment to Jack Nicklaus' "perfect explosion," David Cannon has captured many of golf's defining images.
August 7, 2014 -- Updated 1320 GMT (2120 HKT)
They came home as casualties of war -- physically shattered and mentally broken. But golf is proving to be an unlikely salvation for U.S. veterans.
August 5, 2014 -- Updated 1231 GMT (2031 HKT)
You are the one hitting the shots, but the man standing over your shoulder could hold the key to your golfing destiny.
July 21, 2014 -- Updated 1227 GMT (2027 HKT)
He has been there for all three of his son's major wins, but the latest triumph may well have been the sweetest yet for Rory McIlroy's father.
Today's five most popular stories