Els wins Open as Scott crumbles
Ernie Els secures his fourth major title as Adam Scott implodes
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Monday, 23, Jul 2012 09:25
By Mark Fordham
Ernie Else clinched the fourth major championship of his career and second Open after leader Adam Scott threw away his chances at Royal Lytham & St Annes.
The 42-year-old was one of few players to have shot under par with a 68, while the Australian bogeyed his final four holes to miss out on the title by one stroke.
It is the South African's first major title since the Open Championship victory at Muirfield in 2002.
For Scott, it was a dream afternoon turned into a nightmare. He had led the tournament since the sixth hole on Saturday and looked destined to win his first major until closing with four dropped strokes from the 15th.
Els said upon accepting his £900,000 winners cheque that "I feel for Adam Scott".
"He is a great friend of mine. We both wanted to win so badly, but I really feel for him. That is the nature of the beast, that is why we are out here," he added.