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