British Open 2012 Leaderboard: Adam Scott and Biggest Day 4 Collapses

Brian MaziqueCorrespondent IIIJuly 22, 2012

LYTHAM ST ANNES, ENGLAND - JULY 22:  Adam Scott of Australia reacts to a missed par putt on the 18th green 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 Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)
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Adam Scott did not wear his Sundays' best and he suffered a monumental collapse today at Royal Lytham & St Annes. The fourth-round fail led to a fourth major championship for Ernie Els, and his second British Open.

Els earned his win by shooting a 68 and sinking a birdie on the 18th hole. But without Scott's five-over 75, he wouldn't have had a chance.

Scott bogeyed seven holes on Sunday, including the final four. He had only bogeyed three holes in the prior three rounds combined. It was a deflating and sad end to what had been a remarkably consistent event for him.

He was not the only golfer that went to pieces on Sunday, though. Here are the others that the day devoured.


Tiger Woods: three-over 73

Tiger was in a decent spot heading into the day. He trailed Scott by five strokes, but the sixth hole was his biggest downfall. He triple-bogeyed the hole and it put him up against it for the rest of the day.

He followed that up with bogeys on 13, 14 and 15 and that ruined any chance of recovering from the disastrous sixth hole.

Woods continues to inch closer and closer to the elusive next major, but watching Scott collapse has to make this third-place finish hurt even more.


Brandt Snedeker: four-over 74

Snedeker continued his descent down the leaderboard. He lead after two rounds but he had already put up a three-over 73 on Saturday to fall out of the top spot. He needed a strong Sunday showing, but he didn't get it.

The back-to-back double-bogeys on No. 7 and No. 8 were virtually the end of matters for him.

It was an exciting tournament. As much glory as Els will receive for his victory, the lasting image from this tournament will be Scott's face on the 18th hole when he realized he'd just blown it.

This is a tough sport.


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