2012 British Open: Ernie Els Wins Tournament After Adam Scott Blows Lead

Ernie Els had his name etched into the Claret Jug for the second time on Sunday after rallying from a significant deficit to win the 2012 Open Championship. Trailing leader Adam Scott by four strokes with just three holes to play, Els took advantage of Scott's late struggles to win his first major since 2002.

For a while, it really seemed like Scott was destined to win his first career major, but he blew his substantial lead in stunning fashion by bogeying the final four holes of the tournament. After the 14th hole, Scott was sitting pretty at 10-under with a four-stroke advantage, but he did the unimaginable by failing to break par on any of the final four holes.

Scott's struggles afforded Els an opportunity to win that he fully took advantage of in winning his first major in a decade. On a day when most players were struggling to break par, Els finished at 2-under after making a birdie on the final hole of the tournament.

Scott had a chance on the 18th hole to force a playoff, but he missed a put from eight feet out that would've extended the Open.

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