2012 British Open Golf Championship
The 141st Open Championship was held at Royal Lytham & St Annes in Lancashire for the eleventh time and it was South African Ernie Els who took the Claret Jug, his second Open title.
Els won by a shot from Australian Adam Scott who bogeyed his last four holes to leave Els as the champion.
The weather was favourable on the opening day's play of the 2012 Open Championship, but the players struggled to make it pay. One player who did take advantage however was Australian Adam Scott who carded a first round 64 to be the clubhouse leader on six under par. Nicolas Colsaerts, Zach Johnson and Paul Lawrie were tied for second just a shot back whilst Brandt Snedeker was fifth on his own. The likes of Els, McIlroy and Woods all carded first round totals of 67 to sit three shots off the lead on -3.
The outstanding round of day two at Lytham was the 64 shot by American Brandt Snedeker which left him the halfway leader on ten under par. Scott followed up his first round 64 with a 67 to sit just one shot back, whilst Tiger Woods moved ominously into third place just four shots off the lead. Els shot a level par second round to leave hi, seven shots adrift of the leader on three under par.
Halfway leader Brandt Snedeker lost pace on moving day, the American shooting a three over par 73 to leave him tied for second place on seven under. The Saturday went the way of Adam Scott who shot a third consecutive round in the sixties to leave him on eleven under par, four shots clear of the field as he bidded for a first major championship. Tiger Woods remained on six under par in fourth whilst a 68 moved Ernie Els up into a tie for fifth place, six shots adrift of the leader.
It was Adam's Scott's to lose going into the final round on Sunday, but four consecutive bogeys from the 15th hole left the Australian shy by one shot from Ernie Els. It was the toughest scoring day of the week, but Ernie Els's two under par round of 68 was enough to win the tournament on a total of -7. Scott finished heartbroken a shot back whilst Snedeker and Woods tied for third on three under par.