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British Open 2012 Results: Ernie Els Takes Major Title After Late Struggles By Adam Scott

On a day when low scores were elusive for anyone trying to get the better of Royal Lytham & St. Annes Golf Club, it was former champion Ernie Els who came away with a thrilling victory over 54-hole leader Adam Scott.

Although it initially appeared that Scott would cruise to a multiple shot victory entering the final stretch, the Australian clearly felt the nerves on the biggest stage and proceeded to bogey four straight holes. Scott's slip-up opened the door wide open for Els, who birdied the 18th hole to card a 2-under 68 for the day and move to 7-under for the championship.

Needing a par to force a playoff with the more experienced Els after his previous bogey string, Scott's drive at No. 18 landed in a brutal fairway bunker and immediately eliminated his chances at a birdie. Even though he would hit a brilliant approach to give himself a great look at a tournament-saving par, the 32-year-old Scott couldn't quite find the bottom of the cup on his final shot and left a major once again with a sour taste in his mouth.

A four-time major champion who now has two British Open titles on his resume, Els overcame a number of personal struggles to put forth yet another impressive week at a major championship. His near-flawless back nine score of 32 ultimately served as the basis for his massive comeback, as the 42-year-old veteran finished his week at 7-under on the final nine holes alone.

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