LYTHAM ST ANNES, ENGLAND - JULY 22: Ernie Els of South Africa reacts to a birdie putt on the 12th hole during the final round of the 141st Open Championship at Royal Lytham & St. Annes Golf Club on July 22, 2012 in Lytham St Annes, England. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

Ernie, But Not Easy: Els Takes 2012 British Open After Adam Scott's Collapse

Adam Scott's four-shot lead at the 2012 British Open was imposing. But Ernie Els erased it, and won the Claret Jug.

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Tiger Woods Moves To Second In World Golf Rankings After 2012 British Open

Tiger Woods continues his strong play in 2012 by a respectable third place finish at the British Open, and now occupies second place in the Official World Golf Rankings.

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2012 British Open: Adam Scott's Collapse Will Go Down In History

Adam Scott had a four-shot lead entering the final day of the 2012 British Open, and a four-shot lead over Ernie Els with four holes to play. And yet, after a monumental collapse, Els claimed the Claret Jug, leaving Scott to deal with the aftermath of another failed attempt to win his first major.

Scott, known for his gorgeous swing and titanic putter, moved to 10-under with his second birdie of the day and 17th of the Open Championship on the par-3 14th hole. But then his accuracy, so good all tournament, deserted him, and he started spraying shots.

Forced to recover from one poor shot after another, Scott made four straight bogeys to finish his round, finishing with an incredibly painful two-putt on the 18th hole. After hitting into a bunker off the tee, Scott recovered smartly, chipping out of it and hitting an approach to within 10 feet to give himself a par putt to force a playoff.

But that putt trickled just left of the hole, ensuring a bogey and Els' victory. Instantly, Scott dropped to a squat, grimacing at another chance gone by.

Scott has never won a major championship, and has long been seen as one of golf's finest players to never do so. His failure to come through in the clutch at Royal Lytham & St. Annes on this Sunday means he'll hold that dubious distinction for at least a little while longer.

For a complete live leaderboard, visit Golf.com.

For more on the tournament, stick with our 2012 British Open StoryStream. For more from around the world of golf, head over to SB Nation's golf hub page.

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VIDEO: Ernie Els Makes Birdie, Ties For Lead At 2012 British Open

A smooth swinger who has had trouble with his putter throughout his career is in great position at the 2012 British Open. Actually, there are two of them: Ernie Els turned in a great final round capped by a beautiful birdie on his 18th hole, and has cut Adam Scott's lead to one stroke.

Els found the green in regulation on No. 18 at Royal Lytham & St. Annes, then buried a 15-foot birdie putt to finish a final round 68, the best round of the day by anyone who started remotely near Scott's lead. Els now sits at 7-under for the Open Championship as the clubhouse leader — and will be in another British Open playoff if scores hold.

Scott bogeyed his 17th hole after a poor approach led to a two-putt, and enters the 72nd hole of his tournament at 7-under and tied with Els.

Els has already won and lost British Opens in playoffs: in 2002, he outlasted three other golfers on the first extra hole after the traditional four could not determine a winner and took his third major; in 2004, Todd Hamilton defeated him by a stroke over four holes.

For a complete live leaderboard, visit Golf.com.

For more on the tournament, stick with our 2012 British Open StoryStream. For more from around the world of golf, head over to SB Nation's golf hub page.

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VIDEO: Tiger Woods Follows Triple Bogey With Chip-In Birdie

Tiger Woods' chances at winning the 2012 British Open plummeted with his triple bogey on the sixth hole. But if he can harness more of the old magic, like he did on his chip-in birdie on the seventh, he might yet make a run.

Woods laid up on the par 5 seventh, then flew his approach shot over the green to a fringe area. He made up for it with a brilliant chip that stayed low and dribbled in, both getting a stroke back after misplaying the hole prior lost him three and preventing himself from having to putt, which has been somewhat problematic this week.

Woods' birdie puts him right where he was at the beginning of Sunday's final round: five shots back of leader Adam Scott.

For a complete live leaderboard, visit Golf.com.

For more on the tournament, stick with our 2012 British Open StoryStream. For more from around the world of golf, head over to SB Nation's golf hub page.

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Tiger Woods, Adam Scott And The Storylines That Won't Die

Adam Scott has a large lead at the British Open, but it ain't over yet. So what happens Sunday? Hopefully some drama as the third major winds down.

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