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Els pays price for mental error

Updated: April 15, 2002, 1:07 AM ET
By David Kraft | ESPN.com

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Ernie Els had a simple game plan. Don't be a hero on the lengthened 13th hole at Augusta National. Hit driver, but hit it to the right. If you can't get to the green in two, lay up.

For three days, he stuck to it and made two birdies and a par. On Sunday, he deviated from it and lost the tournament.

A triple-bogey 8 on the par-5 13th took Els from 9-under to 6-under and effectively ended his hopes of catching Tiger Woods. Els finished with a 73 and tied for fifth with ...

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