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Ernie Els opens the Masters with a 9 on the first hole

Ernie Els left the second green during the Thursday’s first round of the Masters in Augusta, Ga.
Ernie Els left the second green during the Thursday’s first round of the Masters in Augusta, Ga. The Associated Press

Hey, there’s nowhere to go but up from here.

Then again, knowing you’re probably going to miss the cut after the first hole on the Masters can’t be a good feeling.

Making the whole scene downright surreal, none of the putts appeared longer than 4 feet. Els just kept knocking the ball back and forth past the cup, totally bedeviled by not only the slick, treacherous greens at Augusta National, but basically a meltdown in his mental approach.

He missed so many times, the score was initially recorded as a 10 instead of a 9. It was easy to lose count. Even Els wasn’t quite sure how many times he putted.

Ernie Els lined up about a 3-foot putt for par on the opening hole. Unbelievably, he needed six putts attempts to finish the hole.

Here it is:

After that debacle (which was originally a sextuple-bogey), the “Happy Gilmore” responses (and more) followed in the form of GIFs, quotes and video clips. To wit:

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