March 27 2011
ORLANDO, Fla. -- So Much for Ernie Els’ title defense.
Last year’s winner didn’t break par all week and on Sunday shot a 78 that has him near the bottom of the leaderboard at 10 over for the tournament.
Els made two bogeys and a double bogey on his first three holes of the tournament and never got out of that rut. Sunday, the Big Easy bogeyed the first hole at Bay Hill for the third time this week then added a triple bogey on the par-5 sixth, where he hit his tee shot into the water before three-putting from just over 100 feet.
The lone bright spot of the day for Els came on No. 16, where he got up-and-down for birdie from just off the green on the par-5.
As bad as Els’ day was, 1996 winner Paul Goydos’ was much worse.
Goydos shot an 85 -- the highest score of the week -- that included three double bogeys and one triple bogey. He had two three-putts and one five-putt from just inside 14 feet on the 12th hole.
Afterward, Goydos tweeted: “Gone from bad to embarrassingly bad!! Priceless.”
Goydos finished his week with a 20-over 308 total, which is seven strokes shy of the record for the highest 72-hole score at Bay Hill. David Edwards holds that dubious honor after shooting 73-79-83-80 in 1983. -- Brian Wacker