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In what most consider to be one of - if not the - toughest trophies to win on the PGA Tour, Ernie Els has won the elusive Open Championship. Els birdied 18 to take a one stroke lead over Adam Scott who hit four straight bogeys to finish at 6-under.
Els started six shots behind the lead going into Sunday, but kept his cool and edged out Scott, shooting 2-under for the day to finish at 7-under for the Tournament.
Scott would have the first Australian to win The Open since his idol Greg Norman did it in 1993. He had never held a lead going into the final round of a Major, before Sunday.
Tiger Woods was in the conversation entering Sunday, just five strokes off the lead, but it was his triple-bogey on 6 that all but put an end to his hopes of winning his 15th Major. Woods finished sixth at 3-under. He has never won a Major tournament when trailing entering the final round. He is now 0 for 17 when within five shots of the lead.
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Ernie Els the big easy has put himself in a very interesting position at the 141st Open Championship. Els who posted a 2 under par 70 could end up winning this thing. Scott who only leads by one stroke with two holes left to play has got himself in Major trouble. Els could be the winner if Scott can’t play his ball out of the deep rough he hit into on the way to the 17th green...
The story coming out of Ernie Els's remarkable Open championship today will be a mixture of how Adam Scott collapsed over the final four holes and how, on a day when none of the leaders could shoot below par, Els was able to claw all the way back to the top. Except, in reality, that underestimates just how far back Els really started.If the season had ended yesterday, the enduring...
South Africa’s own Ernie Els used an Adam Scott choke job during the final four holes to win his second Open Championship title finishing seven under for the victory.
Scott seemingly had the tournament won after his birdie on fourteen but things started to collapse for him there after. Scott went on to bogey the next four holes including a disasterous approach on 17 in which his...
(Eds: With AP Photos.) By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer Still in shock over winning the British Open, Ernie Els walked onto the 18th green to collect the claret jug. He looked at thousands of people in the grandstands who only an hour earlier had celebrated this 42-year-old champion making one last birdie.
''I have to ask you all a question,'' Els said to them. &...
Ernie Els wasn't the only South African smiling after a remarkable final round at the British Open.
Thomas Aiken, ranked No. 136 and the most unfamiliar name on the leaderboard at the start of the fourth round, secured his highest finish at a major by placing tied for seventh on 1-under 279.
After shooting a 3-over 73 in tough conditions on Sunday, Aiken says ''I had...
One day after Ernie Els won the British Open to become the third major champion using a belly putter, the Royal & Ancient said long putters were ''firmly back on the radar'' and that a decision could come soon on whether players can keep using them.
R&A chief executive Peter Dawson said discussions with the United States Golf Association about longer putters...
So did Ernie Els win it? Or did Adam Scott lose it? Both. The agony and the ecstasy of golf were on full display at Royal Lytham & St....
Adam Scott, meet Jean Van de Velde. And Ed Sneed. And Phil Mickelson.
With a stunning meltdown, Scott gave away the claret jug Sunday and joined an infamous list of greatest collapses in golf history. The Aussie bogeyed the final four holes of the British Open to finish one stroke behind Ernie Els, who was almost apologetic about the way he won.
Scott missed a 7-foot putt at the...
Golf officials are discussing whether they should ban long putters.
Ernie Els became the third champion in the last four majors to use a belly putter. He won the British Open after Adam Scott - who uses a long putter - bogeyed his last four holes. Webb Simpson won the U.S. Open and Keegan Bradley won the PGA Championship using belly putters.
Royal & Ancient chief executive...
Poor Adam Scott. The Aussie was ready to win his first ever major championship leading the British Open by four strokes with four holes to play. That's when Scott put his name not amongst the list of major winners, but amongst a more exclusive list of individuals that have lost majors with an epic collapse. Scott bogeyed each of the final four holes while Ernie...
Feel better, British Open Flameout! I'm sure you'll laugh about this some day. Just like, well, the rest of us...10) This meltdown was a lot more understandable than Jean Van Der Velde's 18th hole for the ages9) Ernie Els would have just nuked him in a playoff anyway8) No one really remembers who falls apart in majors7) If he decides to never play this course again, no...
Follow Mike Macchi on Twitter today! It was not Tiger Woods or Graeme McDowell who made things interesting on Sunday at Royal Lytham. In fact, the two were more of an afterthought by the day’s end. In one of the more improbable finishes in Open Championship history, Ernie Els hoisted the Claret Jug in victory [...]
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