It's not the most uncommon sight to see a player's ball end up farther from the hole than where he started at Augusta, and Ernie Els exhibited just exactly how that happens. The scores in the first round of the Masters are generally in the black, and the course is beating up the field of 97 players. The greens are doing the damage, wrecking rounds an playing extremely fast right off the bat in the first round.
Those slippery putting surfaces demoralized Ernie in the middle of his round, when the South African sent a nice little chip shot up towards the pin at No. 9. But it came right back, waved hello to Els, and kept right on going down the fairway for another, longer chip attempt.
Yikes, that's got to be the worst, most helpless feeling on the golf course. Els would get it to stick the second time around and make a bore on the hole.