Ernie Els Sets Record for Worst Score on First Hole at Masters By Missing Six Easy Putts

Ernie Els had a bad day at Augusta. How bad? Read on.

Ernie Els

The 2016 Masters Tournament started today, so it's time for professional golfers to bring their A games to the Augusta National course.

At least  one golfer left his at home.

Ernie Els got off to a particularly horrible start, missing six putts from within three feet on the first hole. His score on first hole was 9 (originally recorded as a 10), extremely rare for a pro on par-4 hole.


It's surprising how calm the 46-year-old Els looked during his meltdown, but he finally brought out his inner Happy Gilmore and tapped in.

Els finished the round at 8 over par for an 80. Maybe he will get his groove back later in the tournament—if he makes the cut.

Watch the poor display of putting in the video below.


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