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Graceful Ernie Els: I looked 'like a fool' making 9 on 1st hole of Masters

Graceful Ernie Els: I looked 'like a fool' making 9 on 1st hole of Masters

This was Steph Curry air-balling a pair from the foul line. It was Roger Federer whiffing on a serve.

Heck, it was Gordon Ramsay burning toast.

We've seen bizarre things in tournament golf, such as John Daly impersonating "Tin Cup" by rapid-firing six balls in the water at Bay Hill, or Kevin Na taking a 16 at the Texas Open after trying to hack his way out of the woods.

This was even more shocking.

This was Ernie Els, a four-time major winner playing in his 22nd Masters, unable to sink a short putt. Five consecutive times.

His adventure on the first hole Thursday was so bewildering, tournament officials originally believed he had recorded a 10, a...

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