Ernie Els hit a spectator on his first tee shot at British Open, then three-putted from two feet

Two-time British Open winner Ernie Els did not get off to a good start at this year’s tournament, hitting a spectator with his tee shot on the first hole and then turning what looked to be a routine tap-in into a tragic misadventure.

Els followed up that triple-bogey 7 on the first hole with a bogey-5 on the second.

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After spending the first 17 years of his Post career writing and editing, Matt and the printed paper had an amicable divorce in 2014. He's now blogging and editing for the Early Lead and the Post's other Web-based products.
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Matt Bonesteel · July 17, 2014