With a four-shot lead over Ernie Els and four holes to go, Adam Scott had the 2012 British Open championship practically within his grasp. All he had to do was not blow it. With Els headed to the putting green at the Royal Lytham & St. Annes golf course, having birdied his last hole, he was merely waiting for Adam Scott to finish to take his runner-up money. Instead, Ernie Els won the British Open from the putting green after Adam Scott had a meltdown.
“Amazing. I’m still numb. It still hasn’t set in. It will probably take quite a few days because I haven’t been in this position for 10 years, obviously. So it’s just crazy, crazy, crazy getting here,” admitted Els after his big win. ”First of all, I feel for Adam Scott. He’s a great friend of mine. Obviously, we both wanted to win very badly. But you know, that’s the nature of the beast. That’s why we’re out here. You win. You lose. It was my time for some reason.”
The win gives Els his fourth major and his second British Open. Els is the second most successful South African golfer of all time, after Gary Player and ahead of Louis Oosthuizen. As for Adam Scott, he’s only 32, which is young for a golfer, but to gag away a Major so spectacularly is something very, very difficult to recover from mentally.
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