WATCH: Ernie Els hits seven putts on Augusta’s first hole

Ernie Els is one of the greatest golfers of all-time. Yet, lately he has seemed to be battling the “yips” aka, terrible putting issues.

Well, Thursday at the Masters was probably the worst case of the “Ernie Yips” yet. It took him SEVEN putts to complete the first hole at Augusta National.

The scary thing was that they were all in tap-in range. Fortunately for Els, he has four majors to his credit (two U.S. Opens and two Open Championships) and is in the Hall of Fame so maybe he can afford to get away with it this time.

One thing that Els’ first hole performance did was give all of us hackers some hope. Guarantee you that you probably saw this live on TV and thought “Wait a second, I’m not the only who seven putts?!”.

No you are not my friend. Today is your lucky day, and let the Big Easy’s not so easy finish at the first, be a reminder, that there’s still a chance at glory.

But then, you turn to watch the likes of Jordan Spieth, Danny Lee, Shane Lowry and Rory McIlroy (All towards th top of the leaderboard) as your golfing soul gets drained.

But, even Rickie Fowler was having some major trouble early on. He finished tied for 81st place and no, that is not a joke.

So, with two great golfers getting swallowed up by the Augusta Monster, use this as inspiration to win your first Mini-Golf Masters. Just watch out for those yips.

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WATCH: Ernie Els misses a really ugly putt

You know that shot you hit in golf that makes you cry and roll around on the ground or shout profanities that scare away small children? Well, that’s what happened with Ernie Els at the Dunhill Links Championship at St. Andrews.

The “Big Easy” had nothing more than a two-foot putt left when…..

Yeeeah, that was ugly. St. Andrews’ greens can be a jerk sometimes though to be fair. Ahh, who am I kidding, that should’ve went in! Get in your home ball! In other news, a family (Or group of friends?) walking their dog moseyed on past Ernie during the tourney:

Yes, in case you were wondering, St. Andrews does let you walk dogs on the course!

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Ernie Els might retire soon, cuts down on schedule

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Four time major champion and world golf hall of famer Ernie Els looks to cut down on his schedule from next season on according to the legendary Sky Sports. If he goes on with his plans then this could very well mean the possible end of a truly remarkable career no doubt. He’s quietly been slowing down on his schedule already as he only played only 19 PGA Tour and seven European Tour events. While speaking at the Nedbank Golf Challenge in Sun City in South Africa, Ernie had mentioned that “There are other things that come into play now according to Sky Sports.

“It’s always been difficult leaving the house, but now you really see your kids – Samantha (14) and 11-year-old Ben – growing up and it gets more difficult.

He’s absolutely right. I’m sure it sucks when you’re on the road all of the time and you don’t really have the opportunity to see your kids grow throughout the years. There’s no doubt he’ll want to spend more time with his kids while he’s going through the shortened schedule. He definitely earned a shorter schedule with the amazing career he’s had. He’s widely been considered that big third player behind Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods and he’s been that and more with many fans, writers and fellow golfers considering them the “Big 3″. Much like the big three before them of Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Gary Player, Ernie, tiger and Phil combined for several major titles with all three of them combining for a whopping 23 major victories.

While tiger and Phil relied on power for most of their game, Ernie was more of a control player throughout his career and has proven to be successful. Ernie has an amazing 66 worldwide wins and he’s seventh all-time on the European Tour in wins with 28 and seventh all-time on the Sunshine Tour with 16 wins. If this is the slowly ending career of Ernie Els then I got to say thank you. You’ve been awesome and it’s been quite a ride. Let’s hope that he finds another gig somewhere after he hangs up the cleats and calls it a career which hopefully won’t be for a few more years but I think we’ve already seen the best of the great Ernie Els.

What do you think about Ernie’s shorter scheduling? How many years do you think he has left? Think he can possibly get one more major for an encore before it’s all said and done? As always, let me know in the comments below!

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“J-Rose” Wins the 113th U.S. Open Like a Boss

Phil Mickelson after years of heartache at the U.S. Open looks to regain himself at the British Open.

Phil Mickelson after years of heartache at the U.S. Open looks to regain himself at the British Open.

Justin Rose, one of golf's legends, wins his first major title as he raises his U.S. Open trophy to the clouds for a moment he soon won't forget

Justin Rose, one of golf’s legends, wins his first major title as he raises his U.S. Open trophy to the clouds for a moment he soon won’t forget

The 2013 U.S. Open is in the books and it was one for the ages as Justin Rose wins his first major title making him just one win shy of the hall of fame. Merion ended up being yet again one of the toughest challenges in U.S. Open history, with NO ONE finishing under par. Everyone, including Justin, was over par, nobody wasn’t even even for the tournament (See what I did there?) and this shows yet again why the U.S. Open is the toughest test in all of golf. The Masters is still the best major in my opinion but the U.S. Open is a blast year after year and Merion absolutely shredded these golfers to pieces. It’s incredible what one golf course can do to a golfer’s ability and mentality and Justin Rose was able to fight his way through and get to the finish line and hoist the trophy at the end. Big ups to Phil Mickelson and Jason Day as well as Phil had the lead the whole tournament but unfortunately for him, this is his sixth runner up at the U.S. Open, extending his record for most runner ups in a U.S. Open but as we know, Phil is a competitor and will surely comeback next year. Jason Day on the other hand has been incredible throughout his short career despite only having a few wins. He constantly is in the top 10 in the majors and eventually he will win a major title which will lead him to more majors because he’s just that good.

I have never seen anything like it, he’s in the top 10 or five in every major and it’s not like he’s some big superstar like Phil or Ernie Els who also finished in the top five as he was trying to capture his second major in two years.Jason’s approach to the game is very stealthy, sometimes you don’t realize he’s in the top 10 at the majors and then well, there he is! Phenomenal play once again by Jason Day and there is no question he will win plenty of major championships before it’s all set and done. Jason Dufner, who was a favorite by a lot of top golf writers including myself (NOT a top golf writer) going into the season to win a major as I had “Duff” winning the Masters but we know who took that crown (Some guy named Scott). He finished tied for fourth trying to get his first major title and trying to keep his expectations as high as many thought. Overall Jason has had an “OK” season, not bad but just not as good as many expected and getting a W at the U.S. Open would have boosted up his popularity although he’s already a fairly popular player.

Merion was a perfect fit for him too as he his one of the most accurate hitters on Tour. Control players had the benefit going into the U.S. Open with its narrow fairways and tight greens. Justin Rose, like Phil Mickelson has that great combo of power and accuracy off the tee and Justin is better at hitting shots with accuracy than power but still had plenty of pop which made him dangerous but it also made Phil dangerous as well. Billy Horschel finished in the top five as well and has proved why he has been one of the best players on Tour this year. Billy, who rocked those awesome octo shorts for Sunday’s round, has five top 10’s including a win quietly coming in to his own. he’s also a terrific control player who has amazing putting skills as well.

Just another great player on another stellar leaderboard. Another guy, who finished tied for 10th was power hitting Nicolas Colsaerts who overall for his career has been very good with nine wins on his resume. He’s just going to get better if he stays on the PGA Tour as this is the first time we have really seen Nicolas and anytime you see a bomber off the tee that can challenge Bubba Watson, Dustin Johnson and Luke List, you know it’s going to be a fun time. He was the only power hitter to finish in the top 10 as everyone on the leaderboard was either a control player or an all-around player like Justin Rose and Phil Mickelson. Oh, and a shout to the guy from my hometown Chicago, Luke Donald for a great performance at the tournament! Overall, this has been a great U.S. Open and I bet next year’s will be just as fun. Thanks for the memories Merion!

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