Ernie Els makes careless three-putt after hitting man in face with drive: video

Ernie Els had a tough opening day at the 2014 Open Championship.

Ernie Els got off to a shocking start at the 2014 British Open. His drive hit a spectator in the face with his opening drive and then produced a putting display more commonly used by weekend hackers.

Els three-putted from inside two feet and admitted later to being rattled after the opening drive.

“There was blood everywhere,” Els said.

“It was like a bullet coming at him. I obviously felt pretty bad about it. It wasn’t nice. I was trying to hit it left, and should have told the starters to move the people back on the left side, but I didn’t do that.”

Els later tweeted about his rough day at the office and has done his best to help the guy out with some weekend tickets to The Open.

And his post-round press conference:

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