Scott throws away The Open

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Ernie Els became Open champion for a second time after shooting -2 in his final round, leaving him with a -7 scorecard, to take the claret jug. The real story of the afternoon however was the fall of Adam Scott, who was -11 and 4 shots clear going into the final round. He still held a healthy lead going into the final 9 holes and with his closest challengers Woods, McDowell and Snedeker falling behind, it seemed Scott was on course to cruise to the title. However a cruel twist of fate saw him bogey the final 4 holes and gift The Open Championships to Els.

It was the type of capitulation that has happened many of times in golfing majors, with McIlroy suffering a similar fate at last years masters. For a player who didn’t put a foot wrong all week, to lose in that manor must be heartbreaking for the Aussie. It really does highlight the psychological side of the game and how the mental pressure can essentially destroy a players winning performance.

Ernie Els on the other hand kept his cool. Trailing by 6 shots overnight, he wasn’t even mentioned amongst the challengers, but he shot -2 for the day and sunk a birdie putt on the 18th green that ultimately won him the Open. Scott will find it tough to recover from such a downfall, but the talented golfer will need to sharpen up his mental strength and who better to learn from than champion Ernie Els.

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