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Ian Poulter slams remodeled course at Wentworth

VIRGINIA WATER, England (AP)—Ian Poulter is unsure if he will return to playin the BMW PGA Championship in future, describing the Wentworth course as unfairand leaving him “absolutely fuming” at the halfway mark of the tournament.

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The West Course was remodeled by Ernie Els in 2007, and Poulter skipped thetournament the following two years due to a dislike of the greens. Furthercriticism from players in 2010 forced additional changes to be made this year.

Poulter double-bogeyed the last in a 3-over 74 to finish at level par onFriday, six shots off the pace.

“I don’t like this golf course, period. End of story,” Poulter said. “Weare trying to land it on a dining room table from 230 yards out. You miss yourtarget, yeah, I think it’s a little unfair. I’ve walked off the golf course andI’m absolutely headless, absolutely fuming.

“It’s now turning into a very, very difficult golf course and I’ve got tosay, it’s not fun golf.”

Asked if he would play in the event next year, Poulter said: “Who knows? Idon’t know what I’m going to do. I’ve got no idea. I’ll speak freely—manyothers may not.”

Els defended the course as a major championship-style layout.

“Wentworth is now a fair and honest test of golf,” he said. “I canunderstand people saying things in the heat of the moment. A guy comes off the18th when he’s just made double and he’s going to be hot.

“I believe you will not find better surfaces to putt on anywhere in theworld at the moment, but unfortunately you only hear the negative comments andvery little positive. This course is by no means unfair. It was last year, butit is not this. It is a true test of the game.”

Poulter’s criticisms were shared by playing partner Paul Casey of England,who shot a 71 to be 1 over.

“I think (owner) Richard Caring, from what I’ve heard, was perhaps wantingsomething like level par to win. Well he might get that but does that make itentertaining?” Casey said.

“One of the beautiful things about Wentworth is always the great finish andthe fact that guys could finish with maybe four threes (two birdies, two eagles)and shoot up that leaderboard. It’s very, very difficult now.”