Ernie Els lived out the worst nightmare of every golfer … on the first hole at the Masters.
Els faces an uphill battle this week at Augusta National after the veteran golfer made a 9 on his first hole of the tournament. (That’s not a typo.) Els, a two-time major winner, recorded a quintuple bogey to open arguably the biggest tournament of the season.
How does an accomplished, veteran, professional golfer make a 9, you ask? In Els’ case, the putter was the culprit. Els actually reached the green in three only to six-putt his way to the double-digit score.
Warning: It’s hard to watch.
Adding insult to injury, Els set a new Masters record — and not the kind of record you want to set.
We’ve all been there. Nothing makes golf seem like a bigger waste of time than a disastrous hole early to screw up the entire round.
No one would blame Ernie if he started looking around for the beer cart after that start.
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