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British Open Results 2012: Where Ernie Els' Performance Ranks All Time

LYTHAM ST ANNES, ENGLAND - JULY 22:  Ernie Els of South Africa walks with his caddie Ricci Roberts to the 18th green during the final round of the 141st Open Championship at Royal Lytham & St. Annes Golf Club on July 22, 2012 in Lytham St Annes, England.  (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)
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Justin WeltonAnalyst IIJuly 22, 2012

Ernie Els did it. 

Or did Adam Scott do it?

Either way, Els didn't record a bogey on the back nine and Scott bogeyed the final four holes to end the tournament.

What a memorable finish in the worst way. Here is where I put Els' performance on the all-time ranks at the British Open.

 

Rank: Top 50

Positives

Age 42

Els won his fourth major championship, and he recorded that fourth one at age 42. Nobody talked about Els heading into the tournament or even into Sunday, but he went under the radar and is now on top.

Golf is a great game because it doesn't matter how old you are. Anything can happen on a four-day stretch and Els proved it.

 

No bogeys on back nine

While Scott was choking away the title, Els continued to be consistent with his strokes. He didn't allow the situation or the moment get to him.

After recording two bogeys on the front nine, Els regained his concentration and delivered with a great back nine to at least put himself into contention.

 

Great birdie putt on 18

Els delivered on the back nine, especially with his clutch putt that ultimately won the tournament. If he doesn't make that putt, the pressure for Scott isn't increased on 18.

What seemed to be the putt that maybe could force a playoff turned out to be the putt that won the tournament.

 

Negatives

Scott choked

Any time someone chokes and another participant earns victory, in any sport really, the blame should be placed on the choker. I'm not suggesting that it's all his fault, but the majority of the blame should be on his shoulders.

Scott had this tournament wrapped up. He would have won, were it not for his four consecutive bogeys to end the tournament. 

Els did very well to keep himself in contention, but we're not talking about him because of what he did rather than what Scott did. 

 

Els played good not great

Els finished the tournament at seven under par. It wasn't a dominating performance by any means; it was one that kept him alive in the tournament.

If his entire performance matched the finish, this would be a top-20 victory in the history of the tournament.

But let's remember, the Open Championship has been played since 1860. There were many performances better than the one we saw this weekend. 

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