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Angry Els hits out over
Wentworth greens

VIRGINIA WATER, England (Reuters) – Course designer Ernie Els let rip at the European Tour and Wentworth’s greenkeeping staff yesterday after brushing aside strong winds to move to the fringes of contention at the PGA Championship. The 42-year-old South African’s ire was raised after he hit an excellent approach shot at the par-five 18th and the ball bounded through the green into a deep bunker.

GP3 driver Daly escapes
big Monaco crash unhurt

MONACO (Reuters) – Conor Daly, the son of former Irish Formula One driver Derek Daly, was unhurt yesterday after his GP3 car was pitched high into metal crash fencing in a Monaco Grand Prix support race. The 20-year-old Indiana-born racer’s Lotus hit the back of Russian Dmitry Suranovich’s Marussia, which was without a rear wing and weaving across the track, as they exited the tunnel at the fastest point of the street circuit.

I’m not swinging well,
says tired Westwood

VIRGINIA WATER (Reuters) – Lee Westwood’s up and down display in yesterday’s third round summed up the world number three’s wildly fluctuating week at the PGA Championship. The former European number one fired his second two-under-par 70 of the tournament but a three-over 75 sandwiched inbetween has stymied his bid to make a move on the players at the top of the leaderboard.

Prost pessimistic
on French GP future

MONACO (Reuters) – France’s sole Formula One champion Alain Prost fears the chances of the country hosting a grand prix again in the near future have receded. “I am not optimistic,” he told reporters at the Monaco Grand Prix, where Lotus driver Romain Grosjean has a real shot at becoming the first French winner since Olivier Panis in 1996. “I think it’s going to be difficult.

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