2 Apr 2012

Ernie Els to miss the Masters

10:16 am on 2 April 2012

The South African golf great Ernie Els will be a notable absentee from the Masters starting on Friday at Augusta National.

The three-time major champion is ranked just outside the world's top 60, and he needed to win the Houston Open to make the Masters field.

But Els finished the tournament in Texas in a share of 12th, six shots behind the winner Hunter Mahan.

The New Zealand number one Danny Lee finished tied for 36th after a disappointing two over par 74 final round.