Update, April 7: The piece has been updated for clarity.
Have you ever had a really bad hole at mini golf? You’ve made it over the bridge and through the windmill and all you have to do is knock in that last putt for par but it keeps lipping out? Well, Ernie Els had that kind of day Thursday. Problem was, he was at the Masters. On the first hole. Amid the pomp and circumstance and azaleas of “A Tradition Unlike Any Other,” Els got his round off to a Horrible Start Unlike Any Other.
He used his first three strokes on the first hole to set himself up with a two-foot putt for par. Easy enough, right? As the video above attests, it was not easy at all. Els carded a 10—the worst score on No. 1 in Augusta’s storied history. Someone should remind him that—in the immortal words of gator-hating golf legend, Chubbs—all you gotta do is just tap it in.