• 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.
Making a last-minute change, Ernie was spotted today with new putter before second round at Masters. pic.twitter.com/37bedQVH1H
— Steve Elling (@EllingYelling) April 8, 2016
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.
those making smarts comments re Ernie Els are clearly not real golfers..... — John Huggan (@johnhuggan) April 7, 2016
Hope all the "Anchoring is cheating" sceptics, enjoyed watching the legend Ernie Els have a 6 putt with the yips! #NotCool #StupidRule #STP — Secret Tour Pro (@secrettourpro) April 8, 2016
Got to say that I think some of the tweets doing rounds taking the piss out of Ernie Els are shocking! Too many smart arses in this world!! — Martin Dempster (@DempsterMartin) April 8, 2016
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.
— David Leadbetter (@DavidLeadbetter) April 8, 2016
Opening his second round this morning, Els missed from two-feet on the first green and walked off with a double bogey.