A Masters Redemption For Els

By Mark Cardon

How do you think the gold ol’ boys at Augusta National are feeling now? Do they have egg on their faces or what?

After being snubbed from getting into the Masters earlier in the year, Ernie Els got his redemption Sunday at the 2012 Open Championship, winning by one stroke over Adam Scott.

Having dropped down the world rankings, Els did not receive an invitation to the 2012 Masters for the first time in 19 years.

The former world No. 1 failed in his bid to win the Houston Open and with it the last exempt spot in the year's first major. Els, twice a runner-up in the Masters, would have been there through the world's top 50 but for bogeying the last two holes of the Transitions Championship in Innisbrook when leading.

Sunday had to be a bittersweet moment for Els, who was passed on a 2012 Masters invitation in favor of younger players such as Ryo Ishikawa.

It is incredible that a player with Els’s credentials got snubbed by the invitation committee of Augusta National. It won’t happen for the next five years. That’s what Sunday’s Open Championship meant to Els. He will receive an automatic invitation to the Masters.


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