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The 2012 British Open won't be remembered as much for who won, but rather who found a way to lose.
Ernie Els is certainly a deserving champion, playing four solid rounds of golf in tough conditions and finishing atop the field with an overall score of 7-under for the tournament. However, it was Australian Adam Scott who had what seemed to be an insurmountable lead heading down the back nine, only to become unglued.
Scott bogeyed his final four holes, including the 18th on a very hittable putt that sealed his fate.
Nobody else was even in the competitive picture by the end of the day, with Tiger Woods bowing out early in the morning. Woods made par on his first five holes of Sunday, only to shoot a triple bogey on the sixth after getting stuck in a bunker.
Local Keegan Bradley had another rough day, shooting a 73 on the final round. The Vermont native finished in a tie for 34th place.
For the fourth time in golf history, South African Erie Els is a major champion. Carding a final round of 68, 2-under par, which featured the "Big Easy" playing the final nine holes at 4-under, Els caught Australia's Adam Scott to win at Royal Lytham and St. Anne's.
Els' four-day total of 7-under par came on the heels of a meltdown by Scott, who controlled the whole tournament until he made a bogey on each of the final four holes. With things falling apart, Scott had a chance to force a three-hole playoff but his tournament-tying putt -- which was setup by a bad tee shot that landed into a fairway bunker -- just slid off to the left.
Overall, Els finish was the only player in the top five to finish the final round at 3-over par or better. Scott (-6) finish in second place, three strokes better than third-place Tiger Woods (-3) and Brandt Snedeker (-3). Luke Donald (-2) and Graeme McDowell (-2) rounded out the top five. (Full leader board here.)
The fourth and final round of the 2012 British Open will kick off bright and early Sunday morning. Current leader Adam Scott has shot an 11-under thus far, four strokes ahead of Brandt Snedeker and Grame McDowell. Tiger Woods also remains in the hunt in fourth place.
Everything you need to know about when and where to see the conclusion of the British Open is below.
TV Schedule: The British Open will begin airing on ESPN at 6 a.m. Eastern Time.
Streaming Information: Golf fans can watch the final round on their computers. WatchESPN will provide coverage beginning at 6 a.m. Eastern Time. iPhone, iPad, and Android users can take in holes 9, 10 and 11 and get automatic scoring updates with The Open Championship App. The app is available on Android here.
With only 18 holes of golf to be played at the 2012 British Open at Royal Lytham and St. Anne's, the pairings and tee times are all set.
At 9:30 a.m. ET, Graeme McDowell and Adam Scott will start their final rounds. Of course with Scott being the leader, he'll be part of the last pairing to tee off.
Tiger Woods and Brandt Snedeker will be the penultimate duo, hitting the links just before Scott and McDowell at 9:20 a.m. ET. Two Americans Matt Kuchar and Dustin Johnson will hit the course together, getting underway at 8:30 a.m. ET.
Local Keegan Bradley, a native of Woodstock, VT, will start his Sunday at 7:25 a.m. ET with Matthew Baldwin. At 1-over to this point, Bradley is looking to make a top-10 finish with a great round.
For a full look at the pairings and tee times for the fourth and final round, follow this link.
With just one round of golf remaining in the 2012 British Open at Royal Lytham and St. Anne's, Adam Scott is completely in control.
The Australian shot a 68 on Saturday, putting Scott four strokes ahead of second place Brandt Snedeker with a score of 11-under. Tiger Woods continues to lurk in the distance, but still is somewhat distant at 6-under for the tournament.
It will be near impossible if Scott shoots an even round of 70 tomorrow for anyone else to catch him. Woods and Snedeker would have to be impeccable, but they remain viable to win the Open Championship. Ernie Els and Zach Johnson have a punchers chance, with both being tied for fifth place at 5-under.
The forecast in England calls for good weather, perhaps playing into underdog hopes with better opportunities for birdies.
Keegan Bradley, a native of Woodstock, VT shot a 68 in the third round and currently sits tied for 25th at 1-over.
For a look at the entire leaderboard, please follow this link.
Vermont native Keegan Bradley has finished up his third round at the 2012 British Open, and he's posted his best score of the tournament so far. After opening with a 71 and shooting a 72 in Round 2, Bradley shot 2-under par for a 68 in Saturday's Round 3. That's settled him around 38th place, though that's still shifting as golf continues.
It's likely to shift quite a bit, as the tournament leaders have yet to tee off. The top ten get started around 9:30 a.m. ET, with odds-on favorite Tiger Woods teeing off at 10:10 a.m., followed by tournament leader Brandt Snedeker at 10:20 a.m. Complete tee times are available here, and information on the TV schedule and how to watch online is here. For live scoring, Golf.com has a leaderboard you can follow.
The 2012 British Open continues with Round 3 on Saturday, with the action starting early at Royal Lytham and St. Anne's. Brandt Snedeker enters Round 3 in the lead, sitting at 10-under after shooting a 64 in Round 2. Tiger Woods, the favorite to win, is four strokes off the lead and in third place.
Fans who want to catch the action have a number of options. TV coverage begins on ESPN at 7 a.m. ET. Streaming coverage is provided via WatchESPN, with coverage beginning at 5 a.m. Some streams require a cable subscription but many are open to all. Fans on the go can catch the action on their mobile device. The Open Championship app is available for iPhone, iPad and Android devices and includes a live leaderboard, course preview, and live video from holes nine, 10 and 11.
Round 3 of the 2012 British Open begins early Saturday morning. A full listing of tee times is below. All times are Eastern. Things get started at 3:10 a.m., and the top 10 on the leaderboard get started around 9:30 a.m. Tiger Woods tees off at 10:10 a.m. and leader Brandt Snedeker tees off shortly after at 10:20 a.m. Vermont native Keegan Bradley, New England's representative in the field, tees off at 3:50 a.m.
Complete Tee Times, All ET:
3:10 a.m. — Joost Luiten
3:20 a.m. — Tom Watson and Lee Westwood
3:30 a.m. — Chad Campbell and John Daly
3:40 a.m. — Adilson Da Silva and Rickie Fowler
3:50 a.m. — Keegan Bradley and S.M. Bae
4 a.m. — Ross Fisher and K.J. Choi
4:10 a.m. — Gary Woodland and Charles Howell III
4:20 a.m. — Pablo Larrazabal and Juvic Pagunsan
4:30 a.m. — Brendan Jones and Troy Matteson
4:45 a.m. — Aaron Baddeley and Vijay Singh
4:55 a.m. — Rafa Echenique and Matthew Baldwin
5:05 a.m. — Justin Hicks and Alexander Noren
5:15 a.m. — Fredrik Jacobson and Jim Furyk
5:25 a.m. — Padraig Harrington and Rory Mcilroy
5:35 a.m. — Nicolas Colsaerts and Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano
5:45 a.m. — Harris English and Branden Grace
5:55 a.m. — Richard Sterne and Greg Owen
6:05 a.m. — Warren Bennett and Dustin Johnson
6:20 a.m. — Yoshinori Fujimoto and Nick Watney
6:30 a.m. — Rafael Cabrera-Bello and Jeev Milkha Singh
6:40 a.m. — Francesco Molinari and John Senden
6:50 a.m. — Hunter Mahan and Lee Slattery
7 a.m. — Bob Estes and Dale Whitnell
7:10 a.m. — Bubba Watson and Ian Poulter
7:20 a.m. — Jamie Donaldson and Miguel Angel Jimenez
7:30 a.m. — Thongchai Jaidee and Garth Mulroy
7:45 a.m. — Anirban Lahiri and Ted Potter Jr.
7:55 a.m. — Retief Goosen and Geoff Ogilvy
8:05 a.m. — Louis Oosthuizen and Martin Laird
8:15 a.m. — Thomas Bjorn and Zach Johnson
8:25 a.m. — Bill Haas and Kyle Stanley
8:35 a.m. — Simon Khan and Greg Chalmers
8:45 a.m. — Mark Calcavecchia and Andres Romero
8:55 a.m. — Peter Hanson and Toshinori Muto
9:10 a.m. — Simon Dyson and Carl Pettersson
9:20 a.m. — James Morrison and Steve Stricker
9:30 a.m. — Luke Donald and Steven Alker
9:40 a.m. — Ernie Els and Thomas Aiken
9:50 a.m. — Jason Dufner and Graeme Mcdowell
10 a.m. — Matt Kuchar and Paul Lawrie
10:10 a.m. — Thorbjorn Olesen and Tiger Woods
10:20 a.m. — Adam Scott and Brandt Snedeker
The odds on a Tiger Woods victory at the 2012 British Open keep improving. After opening at 8/1 they currently stand at 4/1, according to Vegas Insider. Woods currently sits in third place, 6-under after two rounds. Brandt Snedeker is the man at the top of the leaderboard at the moment, having shot at 64 in Round 2 to stand at 10-under. Odds on a victory by him haven't been updated, but he opened Round 2 as a huge longshot at 125/1. Vermont native Keegan Bradley made the cut after Friday's action, and odds on a victory by him are 60/1.
After two rounds at the 2012 British Open at Royal Lytham and St. Anne's, Brandt Snedeker leads at 10-under-par. Snedeker shot 6-under on Friday, which was the best round of the day.
Behind Snedeker is Adam Scott at 9-under-par and Tiger Woods, who is 6-under-par through Friday. Thorbjorn Olesen is fourth at 5-under-par through two rounds. Five golfers are tied for fifth at 4-under-par. British Open champ Paul Lawrie (1999) and 2010 U.S. Open champion Graeme McDowell are both in that group of five.
After turning in a two-over-par round, Vermont native Keegan Bradley made the cut at 3-over-par, which was the cut line for the tournament. Boston native James Driscoll was not so fortunate and missed the cut at 12-over-par with a 6-over-par round on Friday.
For the entire leaderboard, please follow this link.
The second round of the 2012 British Open is underway and the early groups have finished their round, and the surprise of the group was American Brandt Sedeker who shot a 6-under, 64 and is the current leader.
It's a pretty safe bet that when you tie a course record, you're probably looking down the leaderboard instead of up.
That line of thinking held true on Thursday, when Adam Scott took care of business at Round 1 of the 2012 British Open at Royal Lytham and St. Annes. The Australian shot a 6-under 64, giving him sole possession of the lead and that aforementioned course record. Scott is one shot ahead of Zach Johnson, Nicolas Colsaerts and Paul Lawrie, who are all done for the day.
Tiger Woods played brilliantly and looks to be a real factor once again. He was able to navigate the course and wind up 3-under, positioning himself well for a customary run. Woods is currently tied for fifth.
Phil Mickelson had a tough time on the soggy playing surface, ending Thursday afternoon with a 3-over and just one hole remaining to fill on his scorecard. Rory McIlroy has played himself right into the thick of the race with a 3-under. He's now contently watching the action finish up from the clubhouse.
As for the local sensation, the Woodstock, VT, native Keegan Bradley was playing great until he had issues on the back nine, ending his day 1-over and seven shots behind Scott.
For the entire leaderboard, please follow this link.
The 2012 British Open kicked off early this morning at approximately 1:19 a.m. EST. As a result, golfers have had a chance to get a few holes in and so far, Australia's Adam Scott is the early leader at six-under par after shooting a 64 in round one.
Scott made birdie on eight of 18 holes while making bogey on just two so far in the first round. Scotland's Paul Lawrie is currently in second place at five-under par as he shot a first round, 65.
American's Zach Johnson, Tiger Woods and Bubba Watson are all in the fray as well.
Johnson is currently tied for second at five-under par, while Woods, the favorite to win the event is tied for fifth at three-under par along with Watson.
Can Tiger Woods win his first major golf tournament in four years? Woods is currently the favorite to win the 2012 British Open, but he has to hold off a tough field of competitors. He gets his chance on Thursday when the first round of the tournament begins at Royal Lytham.
Golf fans who want to see all the action need to set their alarms. ESPN will broadcast play starting at 4:30 a.m. Eastern. Coverage runs through 3 p.m. followed by a recap and highlights from the first round of play.
Fans can also watch the action online via ESPN3. Live streaming coverage starts at 4 a.m. with action from holes 9-11. Streaming coverage expands at 5 a.m., and will mirror the ESPN broadcast through 3 p.m.
The 2012 British Open begins early Thursday morning, and as expected 14-time major champion Tiger Woods, who has earned three victories on the PGA tour this season, is the odds-on favorite to win at the Royal Lytham & St. Annes Golf Club. According to the Las Vegas Hotel and Casino (via RJ Bell), Woods will enter The Open Champion as a 8-to-1 favorite to win, which slightly edges Rory McIlroy who has 10-1 odds.
Lee Westwood, one of England's most decorated players who's still looking for his first major championship, is at 12-1, while Luke Donald is a 15-1 favorite. Two-time British Open champ Padraig Harrington is a 20-1 favorite, while Phil Mickelson, who's look for his first major championship overseas, is a 30-1 favorite.
The British Open begins early Thursday morning, 4:30 a.m. ET, on ESPN.
The 141st British Open at the Royal Lytham & St. Annes Golf Club will kick off all the action on Thursday, with tee times and pairings having been announced for the first two days.
In the 2012 version of the Open Championship, Tiger Woods will once again be one of the favorites. Come the first round he'll be joined by Sergio Garcia and Justin Rose. The group will tee off at 9:42 local, 4:42 a.m. ET.
Rory McIlroy is in a very star-studded group also, playing with 2012 Masters runner-up Louis Oosthuizen and Keegan Bradley, the pride of Woodstock, VT.
Phil Mickelson will be getting to know Luke Donald and Geoff Ogilvy a little bit better this week, as they're a trio to watch.
McIlroy's group will start at 7:21 a.m. ET with Mickelson and company following closely at 7:43 a.m. ET.
The defending Open Champion Darren Clarke will hitting the links with Ernie Els, who won the 2002 British Open and Iowa City native Zach Johnson at 4:09 a.m. ET.
Local James Driscoll will be in the very fist pairing to hit the course. He'll be playing with Barry Lane and teeing off at 6:19 a.m. local time.
For all the groupings and tee times, please go to this link.
The 141st Open Championship will get going on Thursday from the Royal Lytham & St. Annes Golf Club.