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Scott Collapses As Els Wins Open

Ernie Els has won the British open by one shot after Adam Scott incredibly collapsed during the last four holes on an incident packed final day. Scott started the day 4 shots ahead of his nearest challenger Graeme McDowell and appeared to be coasting towards the Claret Jug as he held on to the advantage going into the final six holes.

However, the Australian was to bogey every one of the last four holes as he allowed Els to clinch his fourth major championship. The South-African hit a two-under par 68 to claim his second Claret Jug, 10 years after he won his first.

Scott slipped to second place with a disappointing final day round of 75. His remarkable failure to hold his nerve at the four final holes meant that he finished three shots ahead of the next best competitors, Tiger Woods and once leader Brandt Snedeker. Playing alongside Scott was McDowell, but he too had a sub-standard finish to his Open as he also carded a 75 and finished in fifth place.

It had all looked so good for the overnight leader when he sunk a birdie putt on the fourteenth hole, but the 32-year-old Aussie bogeyed the next three holes whereas Els had finished his tournament much stronger with a birdie at the last.

Scott walked onto the 18th tee knowing that a par would force a four-hole play-off, and despite finding a fairway bunker with his drive, he was still in with a chance of finishing level on 7 under, level with Els. Indeed Scott got the chance to save par when he hit his third shot to within eight feet of the hole, but it was not to be for the Australian as he completed his rather spectacular disintegration with yet another bogey.

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