Cringe-worthy three-putt from two feet for Els

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A three-putt from roughly two feet on the first hole? That's not exactly the way four-time major champion Ernie Els planned on starting out this Open Championship.
By T.J. Auclair
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Series: Golf Buzz

Published: Thursday, July 17, 2014 | 2:08 p.m.

Ernie Els is a four-time major champion. Two of those victories have come in the Open Championship, most recently just two years ago.

For that very reason, the Big Easy -- even at age 44 -- is always a player to look out for at the majors.

This one, however, sure didn't start out the way Els planned.

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It began with his opening tee shot at Royal Liverpool, which sailed into a spectator and drew blood. Els was understandably shaken.

When he finally made it to the green, Els was faced with about a 2-foot putt for bogey. And that's when the madness happened.

Ouch. A three-jack from two feet to start the Open Championship with a triple bogey.

That was hard to bounce back from. Els finished the day with a 7-over 79. He shot 7-over 42 on the front nine and played the second nine in even-par 37, making his lone birdie at the 16th hole. 

T.J. Auclair is a Senior Interactive Producer for and has covered professional golf since 1998, traveling to over 60 major championships. You can follow him on Twitter, @tjauclair.