Ernie Els received an unwanted record after nightmare on first hole

Ernie Els was left red-faced after the South African scored a record-worst on the first hole.

The golfer took six putts from within three feet and ended the first round 8-over-par, hopelessly missing the hole time and time again.

Els got his act together after the first round and played the next 15 holes in one over par.

The embarrassment wasn’t over for the day however, with the South African again missing short putts on 17 and 18 to end the round with an eight-over 80.

Els, who won the US Open in 1994, was left almost speechless after the shocking incident that left him embarrassingly miss the hole on multiple occasions – with spectators looking on in suprise.

He said: “It’s hard to explain, I can’t explain it.

“You just can’t do what you normally do, and it’s unexplainable – a lot of people have stopped playing the game.”

This is not the record that Els would have wanted to break, and questions have inevitably been raised over where the golfer goes from this disaster.

Els said: “I don’t know, I can’t explain it, I don’t know what I’ll do. I love the game, and you know have respect for the tournament, but it’s unexplainable and it’s really tough to tell you what goes through your mind.”

The next few days are without doubt going to be difficult to overcome for the South African golfer, and the scars will be there for some time just like a 4-0 defeat to your rivals.

Despite this, Els has to attempt to regroup himself in preparation for tomorrow, but he has no plans to give up early.

He said: “We’ll see what we can do from here, hopefully I can pull it back and play some decent golf.”