Originally written on SportsBlooded  |  Last updated 11/9/14

You have to play 72 holes of solid golf to win any tournament on the PGA Tour. Adam Scott only played 68 holes of solid golf at the 2012 British Open and it cost him his first major championship win. Scott bogeyed a couple holes on the front-9, but so did the rest of the players on the top of the leaderboard, so with a 4-shot leading heading into today, he was looking great standing on the tee at the par-4 15th hole. Then Scott completely lost it. Call it nerves. Call it the roar of the crowd when Ernie Els knocked in his birdie put on 18 to go to 7-under. Whatever you want to call it, it wasn’t good for Scott. Scott bogeyed 15, 16, 17 and 18 to drop 4 straight shots and let Els steal the 2012 British Open Claret Jug.

That’s enough of the bad. Now here’s the good- Els wins his first major tournament since he won the British 10 years ago. Els, like Scott, had some trouble on the front-9, shooting a 2-over 36 to start the day. He more than made up for his score on the front-9 with 4 birdies and no bogies on the back. His biggest shot of the day was the 15 ft put he nailed on 18. Check out the highlights from the final round of the 2012 British Open below:

British Open Highlights

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