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2012 British Open Leaderboard: Adam Scott Still Holds Comfortable Lead

Adam Scott is three holes away from winning his first ever major championship, and as he holds a comfortable lead over Ernie Els as he closes out his round. Scott hasn't been perfect on Sunday, but he's been good enough— despite shooting 1-over on the day, he's still three shots ahead of Els. Scott is 9-under through 15 holes, while Els is 6-under through 17.

Els has made a bit of a run on Sunday, shooting 1-under for the round on a day that has seen a majority of the field shoot over par. Tiger Woods, meanwhile, has faltered, shooting 4-over on the day to drop to 2-under overall and tied for fourth place. In third at the moment is American Brandt Snedeker, who has shot 3-over on Sunday but maintained a score of 4-under.

Scott would have to experience something close to an historic meltdown at this point, but at the very worst he's almost certainly guaranteed to top his best career finish ever in a major. That came in 2011, when he tied for second at the Masters.

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