Els' putting woes continue, misses 2-footer on No. 1


AUGUSTA, Ga. – Ernie Els took three fewer putts on the first hole Friday at the Masters.

It still added up to a double bogey.

Els, who needed 39 putts during a yippy first round, three-putted from 47 feet on his opening hole, including a miss from inside 2 feet. He was 10 over par.

The 46-year-old also missed a 4-footer for birdie on the second hole.

Sadly, it represented an improvement from the first round, when Els missed six times inside 3 feet on the opening hole. His 9 was the highest score ever on No. 1.