Imagine waiting all year for your moment at the Masters and you ruin it in just a matter of minutes.

Golfer Ernie Els did just that when he took SIX putts to finish the very first hole on the Augusta course yesterday.

The South African couldn’t have made a worse start by registering a record nine for his very first hole of the four day tournament.

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Poor Ernie looked shocked as the ball just wouldn’t go in, a moment that will surely end his hopes of winning this year’s green jacket.

Not only did Els take six shots to hole on ‘Tea Olive’ but they were all missed from just three-yards.

Els fought back but was only able to card a score of 80 on the par 72 course.

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Now, 46, Els has famously suffered with the ‘yips’, a term golfers use when someone struggles to putt, he said:

“It’s hard to explain. Something withholds you from doing your normal thing. I could go on the practice putting green and make 20 straight three-footers.

“I’m a little dead inside.”

Watch below, as Els gives hope to amateur golfers everywhere by showing even the world’s best can have off days.

https://youtu.be/KwCuL1xbxIU

Video courtesy of BèèThØVëÑ.