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Golf Australia Express : GA Express 190
CATASTROPHIC failures are usually reserved for deep into tournaments, and usually for players who are feeling the heat near the top of the leaderboard as the finish line approaches - most likely somewhere around the 65 to 70-hole mark. But Ernie Els couldn’t last even one hole at this year’s Masters before his game imploded spectacularly. What could have been a solid start to the tournament for Els quickly became the stuff of nightmares when he pushed a 60cm par putt a metre past the hole, then proceeded to take five more putts to finish the job. It was the worst first hole in the history of the Masters, and ended Els’ chances almost instantly. ITWAS the moment that had many people wondering if Rory McIlroy’s mental game would ever recover. The Northern Irishman held the lead after the front nine of the final round of the 2011 Masters, though his advantage had withered from four strokes to just one. Then came the 10th hole. Feeling every bit of pressure as the enormity of the occasion set in, he snap hooked his tee shot in between two cabins a mile away from the fairway, and he needed four more shots to reach the green, including one that hit a tree branch. By the time he’d finished the hole with a triple-bogey his lead was gone, as was his chance to become a 21-year-old Masters champion. FORMER Masters champion Billy Casper ended a three-year Masters hiatus when the 73-year-old took his place in the field in 2005. He probably wishes he didn’t, after shooting 105 in the first round and promptly withdrawing. The withdrawal meant his score didn’t count, which saved him from having the 14 shots he took at the par-3 16th go down in the history books. On that hole he teed off with a 9-wood, hooking it into the water, then took four consecutive drops about 145 yards from the hole and proceeded to get them wet, too. He then switched his 7-iron for a 6-iron and finally reached the green, where he three-putted for his 14. SURELY a 10-shot lead after five holes of your final round means you’re safe? Not if you’re Martin Kaymer. The big German’s six-stroke overnight lead quickly became 10 after five holes at Abu Dhabi Golf Club last year. But then the back nine happened. Kaymer made a double-bogey at the 9th and a triple at the 10th, while Gary Stal emerged from the clouds with four consecutive birdies in the middle of his round and a final birdie at the 16th to seal the win. Kaymer didn’t even manage to finish second, ending up two shots back in third. RORY MCILROY 2011 MASTERS ERNIE ELS 2016 MASTERS MARTIN KAYMER 2015 ABU DHABI HSBC GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP BILLY CASPER 2005 MASTERS
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