Adam Scott squandered a four-shot lead with four holes to play at the 141st Open Championship, while Ernie Els played the back nine in 4 under, including a birdie at the 18th. Scott, 32, still doesn't have that elusive first major. Els, 42, now has four majors, two at the British, and it was his first in 10 years.
Either way you slice it, there was no shortage of emotion Sunday night at Royal Lytham.
By GOLF GUY
There's a reason Ernie Els is nicknamed the Big Easy. First, he is big. And secondly, he truly is easy ... with a smile, with his swing, and, most importantly, in his demeanor. Impossible, in my eyes, to ever root against him.
So despite Adam Scott's nightmarish finish, let's not forget that it was the Big Easy who rammed home a clutch 15-foot putt on the 72nd hole to ultimately win by a shot.
Yes, Els has now experienced the wonderful feeling of winning four majors. But he has also had to endure more than his fair share of gut-wrenching losses in majors. Something Adam Scott might want to remember: there's almost always more heartache in this game than joy.
And finally, I'm not one to normally root for guys in the heat of the battle with their off-course endeavors/charities in mind. But for some reason, I couldn't help but think how much this win could possibly mean for Els and his foundation Els for Autism.
By BIRDIE BAILEY
You always remember your first. Or if you’re Adam Scott, you’ll always remember Ernie Els’ fourth.
Ten years removed from his last major victory (2002 British Open at Muirfield), it’s nice to see the Big Easy back in the major championship winner’s circle. But as much joy as I feel for him, I feel much deeper heartache for Scott.
Scott started the day with a four-stroke lead and I – as well as many others – was certain the 32-year-old Aussie would finally nab that elusive first major. But alas, Scott bogeyed his final four holes of the day. His dreams have yet to materialize.
No collapse is pretty to watch and certainly none as important as the one for major No. 1. Especially from a guy who’s waited so long to get one - 46 major attempts to be exact.