LYTHAM ST. ANNES, England – Down by 6 strokes at the start of the final day, Ernie Els made the most of not playing in the championship flight as he finished the day with a 2-under 68 and just hoping for the leaders to somehow choke and give him the victory. Indeed it happened in one fateful Sunday in July 2012 that a supposed runaway leader Adam Scott bogeyed the last four holes to lose the 2012 Open Championship by one stroke to the South African Els. Adam Scott of Australia ,who was with with Americans Tiger Woods and fellow Brandt Snedeker in the last flight, closed his forgettable final round with a 5 over 75. His flight mates closed with 73 and 74 to tie for 3rd place.
Ernie Els earned his 4th major and his first in 10 years. The victory was worth $1,405,890. The 2012 victory is Els’ second Open Championship. He also have two US Open victories in his illustrious career. Rounding up the top 5 were Luke Donald and Graeme McDowell. Filipino Juvic Pagunsan was able to make it in weekend play in his first major and ended up at 72nd place and earned $17,339. Pagunsan scored 71,72,73, and 75 for a total of 291 (11 over par). He was 17 strokes behind the eventual champion.
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- Els now owns a pair of Open Championship (espn)
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