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January 07, 2016

Ernie Els yips another putt, this one from 18 inches

The dreaded yips that plagued Ernie Els on a couple of occasions last year apparently have carried over into the new year. Els’ par putt from 18 inches missed the hole entirely on his last hole in the first round of the BMW South African Open, the Irish Times reported.

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JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - JANUARY 07: Ernie Els of South Africa hits his third shot on the 13th hole during the first round of the BMW South African Open Championship at Glendower Golf Club on January 7, 2016 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Luke Walker/Getty Images)

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“It’s brutal,” Andrew Coltart of Sky Sports said. “He is a lot more comfortable from 15, 20 feet. The expectation level is lower, no pressure on himself, and he can breathe normally and just go through the stroke no problem at all. You come into the three or four-foot range and things are completely different.”

Video has not yet surfaced. Last year, at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, video of Els missing the hole with a virtual tap-in went viral. “The perfect yip stroke you’ve ever see in your life,” he called it.

He also yipped a putt at the CIMB Classic a few weeks later.

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