Yips return for Ernie Els at Masters, misses two-foot putt Friday (vid)
To say that Ernie Els is suffering through a horrible bout with the putting yips — or as he put it, the “heebie jeebies” — would be a drastic and perhaps even tragic understatement.
After a six-putt 9 on Hole No. 1 during his first round at the Masters Thursday — it was originally recorded as a seven-putt 10, but later corrected — Els found himself right back where his hellish Augusta National experience started when he faced his first-hole nemesis Friday.
And things went horribly … again.
Els missed a two-foot putt, ending up with three-putt double-bogey.
The AP set the stage for the awkward scene highlighting Els’ stupefying, mind-boggling case of the yips on the first green as follows:
Els took plenty of time on the practice green before the round, dropping balls 2-3 feet from the holes and carefully measuring them. At one point, he knocked in eight in a row.
Things unraveled quickly. Els hooked his approach shot and hit a fan, who, moments later, was sporting an ice pack on the right side of his head. Els then chipped to the top of the mound on the first green, but the ball rolled backward, and his par putt came from about 50 feet.
And the rest, as they say, is embarrassingly nightmarish history. You have to feel for the big guy, man.
[H/T The Big Lead]