2012 British Open: Ernie Els Catches, Then Defeats Adam Scott In Dramatic Final Round

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.)

For more on the 2012 British Open, please be sure to check out our Golf Hub and SB Nation Philly for all the latest news and updates.

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