British Open Standings 2012: Most Shocking Results from Royal Lytham

Josh SchochAnalyst IIIJuly 23, 2012

LYTHAM ST ANNES, ENGLAND - JULY 22:  Adam Scott of Australia lines up a par putt on 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 Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
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The 2012 British Open finished with one of the craziest rounds of golf we've seen in years.

From an epic collapse to the entire field inexplicably struggling on a course they had mastered over the first three rounds, there were more than a few jarring notes in the melody we expected from Royal Lytham.

Of those jarring notes, these were the ones that surprised us the most.

*Note: All surprises are from standings only


Brandt Snedeker and Graeme McDowell Disappear

Snedeker and McDowell were tied for second at seven under, but by the end of the round, we forgot about them.

Sure, the two were in the top two pairings and were still physically there, but we mentally took them out of contention by the end of the 12th hole.

Snedeker had led after the second round and McDowell had been close throughout, but both men fell apart during the final round. Snedeker had back-to-back double bogeys and two more bogeys through 12 holes, whereas McDowell was up to five bogeys after 11 holes.

Both men fell from the top of the ranks quickly, and were non-factors in the last hour or so of play.


The Entire Field Struggles

It looked like the field for the British Open had figured out how to play the course and avoid the treacherous bunkers that fill Royal Lytham, as the leaders were all killing it through three rounds.

That ended on Sunday.

The top six golfers finished with a total of 14 strokes over par, and only nine of the 83 golfers in play finished below par.

After playing so well from Thursday through Saturday, we expected that the winner would have to finish at at least a dozen strokes under par, but Ernie Els needed only a seven under for the tournament to win.

It was crazy to see golfers who had been doing so well fall from grace, and almost every golfer in the field took a hit on Sunday.


Adam Scott Collapses

Scott had the lead entering Sunday's action, and when it became obvious that neither Snedeker nor McDowell (or even Tiger Woods) could challenge him, he seemed a lock to win the event.

However, it was not to be.

Scott entered the last four holes knowing that he had a four-stroke lead over Ernie Els. Unfortunately for him that was not enough, as Scott bogeyed each of the last four holes and Els birdied the 18th for one of the biggest collapses in golf history.

Scott came within inches of winning his first major championship, but instead he must settle for second due to his five-over 75 on Sunday.