Ernie Els makes history with epic fail on first hole at Masters

Ernie Els says he received an invitation to Augusta National for the first week in April. (Chris Carlson/AP)

“Don’t worry about it. You’re still in good shape. All you got to do is just tap it in. Just taaaap it in. Hey, just taaaap it in.” – Chubbs

Ernie Els is one of the great golfers of his generation but he completely laid an egg Thursday on the first hole at the 2016 Masters.

The 46-year-old South African put himself in a position to drain a two-foot put for par on the par-4 hole. That didn’t happen.

Els, a winner of four majors, ended up missing a series of puts from up close to finish with a quintuple-bogey.

Watch the chaos below. If you don’t’ enjoy cringe-worthy sports moments, avert your eyes.

Apart from a five-year stretch from 2000-2004 where he finished in the top six, Els has historically not done very well at the Masters. His folly on the first hole green took things to a new level though. The previous highest score on the first hole at the Masters was eight.

Naturally, Twitter users went all in on the jokes and Happy Gilmore references.

Chris Chaney on Twitter

Ernie Els’ stay was short. 10 on No. 1.

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