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Royal Lytham & St Annes

The 2012 Open Championship

Adam Scott held a four-shot lead with four holes to go in the 2012 Open Championship at Royal Lytham as he sought his first major title. While Scott was suffering through three consecutive bogeys, ahead at No. 18 Ernie Els drained the most important putt of his career since his win at Muirfield 10 years earlier. Scott now needed a closing par to force a playoff. Driving on the final hole, Scott's tee shot finished in a bunker guarding the left side of the fairway. He exited the bunker sideways, Scott hit a delighted 3rd shot into the green leaving 8ft for par. Shaving the hole, Scott dropped to his knees as Els celebrated on the practice putting green. Only Henry Cotton had taken longer to regain the Claret Jug than the ten years it took Els.

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