2012 British Open: Ernie Els Takes Claret Jug After Adam Scott Blows Lead

For a while, it seemed like Adam Scott was firmly on his way to winning this year's Open Championship, but things unraveled in stunning fashion for him as Ernie Els rallied from four strokes down with just three holes remaining to have his name etched into the Claret Jug once again.

Looking to win his first career major, Scott seemed to be totally in control entering the 15th hole, but he proceeded to bogey the final four holes of the round after putting himself in a clear position to win. Els took advantage of that opening, making a birdie on the 18th hole to put him one stroke ahead as Scott entered the final hole.

After shooting scores of 64, 67 and 68 over the first three rounds, Scott appeared destined to win his first major; instead, he treated fans to a stunning disappointment. A birdie on the 14th hole put him at 10-under for the tournament, four strokes ahead of the field with just four holes remaining, but a series of poor shots on the final four holes allowed Els to rally for the stunning victory.

On the 18th hole, Scott made a fantastic shot to put himself in a position to force a playoff, but he missed a reasonable put from eight feet out that would've extended his bid for victory.

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