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Thursday, 7 April 2016

Big Ernie and the Heebie Jeebies

You just have to feel for Ernie Els.  Imagine having a three-footer for par on the first hole of a Major you dearly want to win and you take seven putts!  It's crazy.  It's scary.  But, unless you've been there; where you're almost unable to even take the putter back; where you just know you're not going to make that three-footer; you just can't appreciate how much the heebie jeebies, or the yips, can make the game almost unbearable.

You have to respect the big man for finishing the round, for doing an honest, forthright interview afterwards, and for hanging around signing autographs for the fans.  Ernie is one of the really good guys, and one of the greats of the game.  

Ernie was very honest in saying that, at this point, he just doesn't know what he's going to do. I know I really hope he finds a way to overcome the affliction; and I suspect he has a helluva lot of us pulling for him.  He's a real gentleman.