We were all stunned and saddened when we watched Ernie Els 6 putted from two feet at the Masters. The Big easy is one of the nicest blokes on TOUR, a respected professional with an incredible work ethic it was no surprise when he talked about his embarrassment.
The four-time major winner has been struggling with the yips for around 18 months and it’s an enormous shame when you consider his ball striking has lost non of its power. Thankfully he’s just finished off a successful week at the RBC Heritage in Harbour Town. Shooting 72, 71, 73 he finished 14th after his final round of 66. He even managed to equal the low score of the day, sharing it with fellow South African and eventual winner Branden Grace.
The PGA TOUR paid the 46-year-old some respect for his relentless work ethic. Despite finishing his third round early in the afternoon Saturday, he was the last man seen in the practice area that evening and had this to say about the state of his game:
“You know what, I think I’m just a freak like everybody else, just like everybody else trying to get better.”
“The game is always going to be better than us, but every now and then we have our day.”
“We love to get tortured and we love to play good golf. And on a day (like Sunday) you feel like, ‘Man, I could play this game again.”
Perhaps Kevin Kisner could take a leaf out of Ernie’s book. The American let himself down during the third round of the Masters when he dismissed his caddie’s advice with the words: “It doesn’t matter I’m in last place.” Ernie’s attitude couldn’t be more different. Plagued by the yips during his first round, the big South African pulled his shoulders back and shot a 73 in difficult conditions during Friday’s plat at Augusta.
He is the ultimate professional who plays with pride. I’m glad he’s proved a few people wrong and made me feel slightly ashamed about poking fun at his demons with the putter. Hopefully there is more opportunities for Ernie to put himself down for a par rather than a 9. Keep it up big Ern!
— CLICKON Golf (@CLICKONGolf) April 8, 2016