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British Open Results 2012: Adam Scott's Loss Won't Be His Last Chance at a Major

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 Harry How/Getty Images)
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Mike MoraitisAnalyst IJuly 24, 2012

Adam Scott's collapse at the 2012 British Open may seem like the end for his hopes of having what it takes to win a major, but that couldn't be further from the truth.

Despite succumbing to the pressure of a final round at a major tournament, Scott is only 32 years old and has plenty of time to recover. With time and more experience, Scott will find it easier to control his nerves enough to be a major champion.

And if Ernie Els' victory at Royal Lytham & St. Annes is proof of anything, it specifically shows that Scott can win a major no matter how long his struggles and failures may persist.

If you want proof of a golfer overcoming past collapses and rising back to the top of the sport, you can look no further than fellow golfer Rory McIlroy.

In 2010, McIlroy had a chance to capture his first major at the PGA Championship. With a share of the lead in the tourney on the last day, McIlroy three-putted the 15th green and fell out of the lead, eventually finishing third in the event.

But that wasn't even his worst collapse.

At the Masters in 2011, McIlroy was supremely impressive early on but failed to finish strong. With a four-stroke lead heading into the last day, he had an epic collapse that saw him shoot a final round of 80, the worst round by any golfer in the history of the sport who led after the first three rounds of the Masters.

Just when it seemed McIlroy didn't have the nerves to win a major event, he did just that. He went on to win the 2011 U.S. Open, holding on to the eight-stroke lead he had at the start of the final day.

If the 23-year-old was able to overcome such historic collapses, there's no reason why the 32-year-old can't do the same with a ton more experience under his belt.

Scott's second-place finish was his eighth top-10 finish in a major during his 12-year career, so clearly the Aussie is always relevant in whatever major he plays in. Constantly knocking on the door the way Scott has ensures that he'll continue to have the opportunity to knock it down and win his first major.

With a whole career still ahead of him and plenty of talent to go along with it, Scott must remain within himself and forget about his past issues on the course. His only focus should be on what's next and not on what has already happened.

Scott will have many more chances to capture the elusive major he so desperately craves, and it's just a matter of time before he does it.

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