Ernie Els: 'As low as I've ever been'
BETHESDA, Md. -- Ernie Els stood in a foyer just inside the clubhouse, along a wall adorned with photos and other mementos from his 1997 U.S. Open victory.
He wasn't in the mood to reminisce, not after missing the cut in the championship's return to Congressional.
"Fourteen years ago, I was in a different position," he said. "Missing the cut now, I'm a little bit older, I'm (turning) 42 this year, and obviously things aren't going my way right now. It's been a long time. I've had a lot of success the last 14 years from '97 to now.
"Right now, I'm just as low as I've ever been, and that's the fact."
Els missed a tap-in on his first hole Friday and wound up 4-putting the hole. His rounds of 73 and 75 put him two shots below the cut line at 4-over 146 when the suspended second round concluded Saturday morning.
The two-time champion has missed the cut in four of his past six tournaments and is running out of ways to solve his wayward putting game.
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"I maybe should take some time off, and see where I'm at," he said. "I'm working hard and I'm not getting anything out of it, so maybe I should just go away for a while."
That means the tournament is also over for Scott's caddie, Steve Williams, who isn't used to getting the weekend off when he carries the bag for Tiger Woods.
The 2003 U.S. Open winner, Jim Furyk (149), also is done, as is Colombia's Camilo Villegas (149), the only player who had made the cut in the previous 12 majors. U.S. Amateur champ Peter Uihlein (150) will sit out the weekend for his second major in a row.
Bubba Watson birdied the difficult No. 18 to make the cut, saving the weekend for the foursome who made the send-up, poke-fun-at-golf video this week. The other three in the group -- Ben Crane, Rickie Fowler, and Hunter Mahan -- have the weekend to think up another parody.
Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press
2011 U.S. OPEN
Course: Congressional CC, Blue Course
Where: Bethesda, Md.
Yardage, par: 7,574 yards, par-71