British Open 2012 Leaderboard: Final-Round Flops Who Showed Promise

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IJuly 23, 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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With men's golf boasting a wealth of contenders in major championships this year, it's important to note that even the "losers" have a lot to be proud of.

Adam Scott was within reach of his first career major championship at the 2012 British Open, then a final-round score of five-over par blew his chances.

Nonetheless, Scott showed an impressive all-around game through three rounds at Royal Lytham & St Annes this year, and he figures to be a premier contender moving forward.

Here's a look at some stars who flopped in the final round of the 2012 British Open but showed promise.

Adam Scott

If the 2012 British Open would have been three rounds long, Adam Scott would have won in a landslide. 

Unfortunately for him, the British Open lasts four rounds.

While Scott may need to work on his mental game a bit to be fit for a major championship, he still showed a lot of skill at Royal Lytham & St Annes.

Scott, who came into the tournament ranked 113th on tour in driving accuracy, bucked the odds at a historically windy golf course, hitting 39 of 56 fairways.

Scott also hit 49 of 72 greens and drove the ball an average of 321.4 yards. His putting game was solid until the final round.

The 32-year-old Australian now has eight career top-10 finishes in majors. 

Tiger Woods

Oh, Tiger, Tiger, Tiger.

The curious Tiger Woods had three PGA Tour victories this year headed into the 2012 British Open, and he was within reach of the Claret Jug through three rounds at Royal Lytham & St Annes.

Then he posted a three-over par on the final day of the tournament and finished tied for third place.

While Woods' mental game may still need some work, he's been much better in 2012 than in the past few years. He hit a respectable 46 of 72 greens at the British Open and averaged a solid 1.57 putts per hole.

Even Woods' historically poor driving accuracy has shot up this season. He hit a remarkable 46 of 56 fairways at the British Open, and he now ranks 28th on tour in driving accuracy this year, per

Graeme McDowell

Like Adam Scott, Graeme McDowell posted a five-over par in the final round of the 2012 British Open.

But McDowell, who owns four top-10 finishes in majors (including a victory at the 2010 U.S. Open), showed again why he is dangerous on the big stage.

McDowell hit 38 of 56 fairways through the weekend, backing up his impressive driving accuracy this season, and he averaged 1.54 putts per hole. He had 32 "one putts" in the tournament, tied for third place. 

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