Give Ernie Els some credit — he played a good final round at the 2012 British Open. But his fourth major PGA win came largely on the back of Adam Scott‘s collapse during the final round of play.
Scott took a four-shot lead into the last day of play, and held the lead all day. Until he bogied the final four holes, as Els shot par and a birdie on his last four. Going into 18 for Scott, he had tied Els at 7-under, then a bunker shot and a putt that would’ve forced a playoff just missed and Els was the winner.
This would have been Scott’s first major win. Instead, it is the South African’s Els’ fourth major win. He previously won the U.S. Open twice in the 1990s and the British Open in 2002. He has never won the PGA Championship or the Masters. But Els does join the short list of golfers who have won major championships in three different decades.
After his win, Els had this to say about Scott’s collapse, “I feel for him. I’m numb … right now I really feel for my buddy. He’s such a great guy, great character. So close to being such a great superstar. Obviously that’s not the way he wanted to lose the tournament. I feel very fortunate, but I really feel very bad for Adam.”
Adam Scott says, “Well, I’m pretty disappointed. I had it in my hands … I played so beautifully for most of the week, I certainly shouldn’t let this bring me down … it wasn’t to be. That’s golf.”