Ernie Els 'horrible' six putt trends

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• Els mocked on Twitter after six-putt display
• Supporters rally round Big Easy after horror show
• Coach Leadbetter said Els showed "great character"

THE MASTERS | Ernie Els

Adam Scott has had his own problems when it comes to the short stick. He overcame them and is now, statistically, one of the best putters on the PGA Tour. Told yesterday of Ernie Els’ six-putt drama on the first hole, he only had one word. “Oh.”


The South African’s shocking execution with the putter at Augusta National during yesterday's first round led to him trending on Twitter. And that, inevitably, led to ridicule.

Els’ putting woes have already elevated him to the spotlight, with a missed putt last year being described online as ‘the worst putt of all time’. It seems only true golfers know and understand the magnitude of Els’ problems - and that such a public disaster is not funny.



 



 



Andrew Cotter, the BBC commentator, who plays off single figures, said during the broadcast that Els' first hole nightmare was anything but funny. “People might mock him,” said Cotter. “But that’s horrible.”

Ernie Els showed 'character'


A number of golf fans have rallied round the popular four-time major champion. Els spent some extra time on the practice putting green with coach David Leadbetter last night to work on his putting. Leadbetter later tweeted that Ernie Els showed “great character” to keep battling in the first round.

Opening his second round this morning, Els missed from two-feet on the first green and walked off with a double bogey.

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