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.
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