Ernie Els scored a record- worst nine on the first hole after taking 6 putts from 3 feet.

South African golfer Ernie Els had an embarrassing display in the first round of the 2016 Masters Tournament after putting six times from 3 feet on his opening hole. The former World No. 1 played the next 15 holes in one over par but kept missing short putts.

Els, considered to be one of the greatest golfers, turned professional in 1989 and is one of six golfers to have won both the U.S Open and The Open Championship twice. However, he is currently struggling with short putts, going into the second round of the 2016 Masters Tournament.

In an interview after the first round, Els said: “It’s hard to explain, I can’t explain it.

“It’s very difficult, I’m not sure where I’m going from here.

“I’m not sure what I did, I don’t know how I stayed out even.

“It’s very tough to tell you what goes through your mind, the last thing you want to do is to do that on a golf course, very difficult.

“I’m going to try (for tomorrow), look at what the scoring is and see what kind of score I have to shoot to make the cut and go from there.

“Hopefully I can pull it back and play some decent golf.”

Despite that round, Els still remains one of the greatest golfers of all time, having won 19 PGA Tours, 28 European Tours, 1 Japan Golf Tour and 16 Sunshine Golf Tours, as well as achieving two second places in the Masters Tournament, two third places in the PGA Tournament and the 2 wins both in the U.S Open and The Open Championship.

Ernie Els is also in the World Golf Hall of Fame since 2011.