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British Open - Day 4 - Els earns claret jug
July 22, 2012 - B.J. Lisko
Much to Adam Scott's dismay he continued a trend of 54-hole Australian leaders not to capture the claret jug. It took 68 holes, but golf finally got him. It's hard to be flawless or as flawless as Scott had played up to that point in any major. It's so typical to see guys who go out and post crazy low numbers one or even two rounds, toss up an ugly one the next. It's the nature of the game. Golf is kinda like gambling on roulette. Sometimes it's red, sometimes it's black. But when it's red for so long, you know black is gonna come back and even things out. Then there's the green, or intangibles as it pertains to golf, that always sways things golf's way. It's a cruel sport, but it's exactly why I said I'd be more surprised to see Scott win than to collapse. I almost turned off the television when he had a four-shot lead with four to play. Then, boom, Ernie Els sinks a putt. Scott finds the rough, then the sand, slides a par putt by and it's all over. For Els, he finally caught a break. Els in recent months has been the king of lip-outs on the green. If even a quarter of the putts the "Big Easy" had lip out had fallen in the last six months, he'd have won multiple tournaments and also would've qualified for the Masters. He doesn't have to worry about that next year. Els automatically qualified to return to Augusta in 2013 with his win Sunday. It couldn't of happened to a nicer guy. Here's the final tally on my picks. I hope you all enjoyed the Open Championship as much as I did.
The picks 1. Tiger Woods - T3 2. Phil Mickelson - MC 3. Graeme McDowell - T5 4. Lee Westwood - T45 5. Ian Poulter - T9
Wild Cards John Daly - T81 Vijay Singh - T9 David Duval - MC
Mr. Anonymous Francesco Molinari - T39
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