The Open, Ernie Els wins at Windy Royal Lytham July 22 2012


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Ernie Els won the The Open at Royal Lytham & St Annes in windy conditions on Sunday. Ernie shot a last round -2 under par for a tournament total of -7 under par, and a one stroke victory over Adam Scott. Ernie was on the putting green when told of his win; "I'm a little numb at the moment. First of all, I feel for Adam Scott. He's a great friend of mind. Obviously, we both wanted to win very badly. But you know, that's the nature of the beast. That's why we're out here. You win, you lose. It was my time for some reason." Adam Scott completely collapsed on the inward nine, from a commanding position he somehow managed to bogey the last four holes to end his championship hopes with a last round of +5 over par, 75, and a total of -6 under par. Peter Alliss, the TV commentator remarked after Adam had missed the last putt just to tie and head towards a play-off, " He will be scarred for life."  With the experience of Steve Williams on the bag you have to ask the question, why did Adam not play some irons off the tee, just to avoid those hungry bunkers. Adam simply said; "I'm pretty disappointed,I had it in my hands with four to go, I managed to hit a poor shot on each of the closing four holes. Look, I played so beautifully for most of the week. I shouldn't let this bring me down. Surprisingly I was incredibly calm and I still am. I thought I could roll that last putt in, but I didn't and that's golf." Tiger Woods and Brandt Snedeker finished tied for third place at -3 under par, with World number one Luke Donald and Graeme McDowell tied in fifth at -2 under par. Luke had another slow start to a tournament, something he needs to address for the future. It is no coincidence that on a windy day the two main contenders were guys who employ anchoring in their putting stroke, and this is another Major title going to the long putter brigade. The pressure is growing for the authorities to address the problem of anchoring. It was proved today that anchoring is definitely an advantage in these windy conditions, stabilizing the player as he leans against the putter while addressing the ball.