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Error-prone Scott gifts Open title to Els

other Updated: Jul 23, 2012 01:32 IST
Ernie Els

South African Ernie Els won the Open Championship by one shot on Sunday after shooting a final-round 68 to finish on seven-under par. Australian Adam Scott came second after bogeying the last four holes to miss out on his first Major championship.

Fourteen-time Major champion Tiger Woods finished tied third with fellow American Brandt Snedeker after his chances were wrecked by a triple-bogey on the sixth hole.

Earlier, it seemed Scott was firmly on course for his first Major win, three strokes clear of his nearest rival Els with five holes to play.

With most of the leaders struggling to cope with tricky winds on a warm summer's day at the Royal Lytham & St Annes links, world No 13 Scott was nine under through 13.

While Scott was plotting his way to glory, former world No 1 Tiger Woods slid out of contention after taking his first triple bogey in a Major championship for nine years.

The American parred the first five holes before suffering a calamitous moment at the sixth.

With his ball tight up against the wall of a steep greenside bunker, Woods had to take evasive action as it rebounded back towards him following his first attempt to get out.

Woods then sank to his knees perched on the edge of the trap and, with one leg extended to keep his balance, he managed to make a strong contact with his ball which struck the lip of the bunker and squirted out across the green.

Lahiri best asian
Anirban Lahiri emerged as the best Asian despite a final round of 73, his highest of the week to finish at three-over 283 that left him in tied 31st place. Earlier, Jeev Milkha Singh also shot a final round 73 to finish at 10-over 290 in tied 69th place.