Humble, TX. - Ernie Els, who had a near miss at victory last week, is beginning to see his Masters hopes slipping away, this week at the Shell Houston Open.
Needing a victory to secure a spot at Augusta and to avoid missing the Masters for the first time since 1993. Els is currently five-under and seven shots behind the lead of Jeff Maggert after two rounds at Redstone Golf Club.
It's not that Els is playing poorly this week -- Just others, are going much lower on soft conditions, after pouring rains on Thursday, postponed round one.
The 'Big Easy' has only carded one bogey through two rounds of play so far this week.
On the other side of that stat, he's only been able to card six birdies in 36 holes as well. In these soft conditions, I'm sure he knows he has not taken full advantage of that, as well as being able to lift, clean and place, during round two.
With rounds of 70 and 69, Els is just not scoring the way he needs to score to move up the leader board.
Now that round two is finishing up here in Humble on moving day. Els will most likely need two really good rounds to get in contention with the leaders.
Being seven off the pace after two rounds. He will need to go low today and tomorrow, or Augusta may be missing one of the games good guys and fan favorites, for the first time in almost 20 years.
Many believe since Ryo Ishikawa is in the Masters field on his own merit, after finishing inside the top-50 in the Official World Golf Rankings. His special invite should go Els.
Nothing is set in stone and Augusta could surprise many and offer that to him in the end.
However, knowing the competitor Els is, and the amount of respect he has for the Masters and the global game of golf. I'm sure he wants to make it to Augusta on his won. Without the help of anyone.