Ernie Els Misses Easy Putts, Triple-Bogeys 1st Hole at Open Championship

Dan Carson@@DrCarson73Trending Lead WriterJuly 17, 2014


Ernie Els managed to turn a short putt into a mortifying odyssey at The Open Championship on Thursday.

Michael Shamburger of The Big Lead (h/t Pete Blackburn of Next Impulse Sports) uploaded a Vine of Els' first-hole meltdown.

After a troubled journey to the pin (tee shot into the crowd, iron into a bunker), Els looked primed to turn an ugly start around. The 44-year-old vet managed to place the ball two feet from the hole with a handy shot out of the sand. He lined up for a bogey...and everything went wrong.

Els tapped the short putt wide and, perhaps in a moment of rushed embarrassment, attempted to back-heel the ball into the cup with the wrong side of his putter.

This second gimme also trickled wide, forcing Els to knock in a two-incher for a triple bogey.

As Shamburger put it, "What are you doing Ernie?"

This is not how Els—a two-time Open Championship winner—wanted to kick things off at Royal Liverpool.

As of this writing, Els is sitting at seven over through seven holes. Ouch.


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