The final day of the 2012 British Open ends with Ernie Els hoisting the trophy, while a disbelieving Adam Scott looks on after an epic collapse.
It was a crazy Sunday afternoon at Royal Lytham. We saw some ridiculous shots, a return to glory and a historic collapse. Among the action that finished the Open Championship, these are what we will remember.
Where did Brandt go?
Remember Brandt Snedeker? That guy who was leading after the second round and entered Sunday at seven under par?
Well that didn't last long, as double bogeys on holes seven and eight ended up ruining his day, and he finished four over par.
If he had finished even on the day he would have forced a playoff with Els for the championship, and if he had finished under par he would have won.
However, he was among the many teams who struggled on Sunday, and he disappeared from contention.
Tiger spends a day in the sand
Just from watching him play it seemed like every other shot landed in a bunker, the most notable of which came on the sixth hole when he couldn't chip out and then needed to shoot from his knees on his second attempt which actually worked.
The frustration for Tiger was seen during his play, and he wore his emotions on his sleeve. We even heard him yell at himself a few times for hitting into them.
Tiger finished three over on the day, and four strokes back of Els.
It was 10 years since Ernie Els won the Open Championship in 2002. Ten years.
Since he last won, the Boston Red Sox won their first World Series since World War I, the NBA became a league of Big Threes (starting with the Boston Celtics) and Tiger Woods became the best golfer in the world, fell from grace and then became really good again.
That's how much happened since he last won.
Well, during that time Els was like a fine wine—getting better with age. Thanks to two birdies on the last fives holes, including the 18th, he took the Open Championship by a single stroke.
Adam Scott falls apart
Entering the day at 11 under with a four-stroke lead over the rest of the field, and a six-stroke lead over Els, Scott seemed a sure thing to win the Open Championship.
He was at one over par through 14 holes, and had a four-stroke lead over Els. During the first three rounds he was a combined two under par on the last four holes, but we saw one of the biggest collapses in history.
After bogeying each of the last four holes, and Els birdied the 18th, Scott lost by a single stroke. He seemed dazed after the loss, and while it was easily his best finish at a major championship in his career, he should have won.
|1||Ernie Els ||-7||-2|
|2||Adam Scott ||-6|
|T3||Brandt Snedeker ||-3||+4|
|T5||Luke Donald ||-2||-1|
|T5||Graeme McDowell ||-2||+5|
|T7||Nicolas Colsaerts ||-1||-5|