July 23, 2012- At the start of his final round, Ernie Els was six shots behind leader Adam Scott. He knew the chances of winning were very slim, but nevertheless went out and gave over 100% as he always does on the course. His efforts this time paid off.
Els knew going into the round, he would have to have a brilliant 18 holes of golf and the Aussie Scott would have to help out. Els got both. He recorded four birdies on the last nine holes coming in, including one on the 18th that cut his deficit against Scott to just one.
Scott unraveled on his last four holes. He made four straight bogeys and lost by a single shot to Els who took home the famed Claret Jug and his fourth majors win. It was the second time the South African has won the British Open and Els now has won at least one major in each of the last three decades.
After the tournament, Els said he felt for Scott. He said he was numb and it would not hit him until later that he had won the tournament. He said after receiving the trophy that he was really feeling bad for his friend Scott. He said Scott is a terrific person and on the edge of being one of golf’s greatest superstars.