Ernie Els wins The Open Championship
By mustang6560 on 7/23/12
I missed the majority of the weekend coverage of The Open Championship because I was volunteering at the True South Classic. But, I did manage to catch a few minutes of the live broadcast in between rain delays (the weather tried to ruin the True South Classic).

As someone who only caught glimpses of the final round, I didn't believe the spectator who told me that Ernie Els won The Open. I knew he was near the top of the leaderboard, but Adam Scott had a commanding four stroke lead coming down the stretch. There was no way Adam was going to finish with four bogeys and give Ernie a putt on the 18th.

If I didn't know any better, I'd say Ernie owes the folks at Augusta National a thank you card for not extending him an invitation to the Masters earlier this year. Had he not felt the pain, embarrassment or anger of missing the Masters for the first time since 1994, he may not be where he is today.

I normally try to post a recap of the majors on Sunday to get a jump on the story. But, as I said above, I spent the morning and the early part of the afternoon volunteering on hole 3 at Annandale Golf Club. And after watching other people play golf for two straight days, I had to play a little golf myself, so I spent the rest of the afternoon and the early part of the evening hacking it around Deerfield (my second home course).

What are your thoughts about Ernie Els winning his fourth career major at Royal Lytham & St. Annes?


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bkuehn1952 says:
Ernie Els is a fine champion - good for him. He managed to post a 68 on a tough day as well as made birdie on 18. He earned this victory even if Adam Scott made it possible.
7/23/12
 
birdieXris says:
he played steady golf. that's what it takes to win a major. Racing out and coasting in just doesn't get the job done.
7/23/12
 
dottomm says:
I was watching on Fri and Saturday and early Sunday. I had a whole rant saved for my friend that if Ernie could have sunk a few putts he would have won. On Fri/Sat he was putting for birdie on almost every hole and nothing was going in. My jaw dropped when I heard the news.
7/23/12
 
bkuehn1952 says:
By the way, Mustang, who won "The Open Championship Challenge"? The winner most likely is a brilliant golfer himself. The kind of sportsman who can recognize talent from afar and make the perfect selections.
7/23/12
 
mustang6560 says:
@bkuehn1952- No comment.
7/23/12
 
Torleif Sorenson says:
I'm still in shock. I am genuinely happy for Ernie Els for several reasons, but I also feel badly for Adam Scott. I would certainly be happy if Scott experiences a Kyle Stanley-like resurgence at Kiawah Island.
7/23/12
 
ToddRobb says:
I was listening to the coverage on the radio in my car and they were basically etching Adam Scott's name on the jug so I turned it off. When I got home I turned on the TV and Ernie had just made the birdie on 18. Not knowing what was going on with Adam I said out loud "good for him" (Ernie). Then a few seconds later I find out that Adam had blown a gasket and was leaking oil down the stretch. There is something to be said for not bailing out when your putter isn't working, Ernie hung in there and made ONE big put and wound up kissing the jug.
7/23/12
 
DougE says:
Congrats to Ernie. He's a good guy and a deserving and proven champion. Condolences to Adam. He too seems like a good guy and was deserving of the trophy as well. Sometimes you have to lose a big one, before you have the inner strength and mental fortitude to win one. Adam will contend again, and like Rory McElroy did after blowing the Masters, will have learned from this experience and win his own major. He is a great player.
7/23/12
 
wrhall02 says:
Congrats Ernie!

Oh the irony of making that key putt on 18! Ernie reminded me to play every shot like it counts, because, ultimately they do! You never know.
7/23/12
 
joe jones says:
Feel great for Ernie and very sorry for Adam. Ernie is as well respected as anyone who has ever played the tour. He has been voted "most popular" several times. Its funny that previously Nicky Price, a fellow South African was always voted with the same honor.
7/23/12
 
legitimatebeef says:
This finish was full of intrigue, even if it was not immediately apparent. It is hard to win these events whether you are as gifted as Adam Scott, or as battle tested as Tiger Woods. Ernie winning reminds us to not count out players past their prime. Age can lend an advantage especially in the big moments. 2nd straight Open won by a 42 yr old.

It seemed like Adam Scott played a brilliant tournament except that all his mistakes came at the very end. Maybe better if he had faced more adversity in the early rounds, if that makes any sense. He definitely got rattled at the end.

Ernie played in a go for broke style on hazardous course, that showed great courage and will to win. That is not getting enough credit I'd say. He imposed his will on a course that ate up Scott, Tiger, Graeme, Sned...every player with a chance to win basically. If he was a better putter he could've won it running away. Ernie's swing is holding up pretty nice.
7/23/12
 
legitimatebeef says:
Also once again the media shows how surprisingly inept they are even though they act like they have the story covered going into the tournament. They hyper focus on Tiger and a couple of other stories and then miss out some great ones like Els's.

Turns out that Ernie Els had placed 2nd and 3rd in his two Open appearances on this same golf course. Even the Golf Channel heads were taken aback when the stat was put onscreen. He had even made pre-tournament remarks about how he feels something special could happen this week, etc. What more could this guy do to announce himself as a prime contender. Something which golfers rarely ever do btw. Put that together and you have a good pre-tournament story.
7/23/12
 
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