British Open 2012 Purse: Champion Ernie Els Takes Home $1.45 Million In Prize Money

Tour veteran Ernie Els backed into his fourth career major title on Sunday afternoon at Royal Lytham & St. Annes in a thrilling final round, as 54-hole leader Adam Scott couldn't find a way to stay composed down the stretch.

Els' clubhouse score of 7-under par appeared quite beatable by the locked-in Scott at the time, until the Australian proceeded to quickly bogey each of his final four holes to effectively give the tournament away. For his troubles, Scott coughed away more than $600,000 in prize money by finishing in second place, as Els was bestowed with the $1.452 million top prize.

Tied in third place and set to receive $479,992 apiece were Americans Brandt Snedeker and Tiger Woods. Both men entered Sunday's round with a legitimate chance to pull off a victory, but could not tame the brutal conditions and numerous bunkers featured throughout the course.

Cleveland's own Jason Dufner finished in a tie for 31st place after a rough final round as well, and is set to receive $48,672 in addition to 39 FedEx Cup points. Dufner finished 7-over par for the weekend after opening the tournament with successful rounds of 70 and 66, but still posted the best finish at a British Open of his career after making the cut.

For the full payout breakdown on a per-player basis, go here.

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