In a remarkable comeback, South Africa’s Ernie Els has won his second British Open. On Sunday, Els shot a -2 in the fourth round, and recorded a very impressive four birdies on the back nine to win his fourth major championship.
Els previously won the 1994 and 1997 United States Open Championships and 2002 British Open. His outstanding birdie putt on the 18th hole at Lytham St. Annes in Lancashire, England today could be considered as the most clutch shot he has ever made in his golf career.
At the time Els made the birdie putt, he pulled himself within one shot of the lead, at -7, and then witnessed a Van de Veldian like collapse by Adam Scott of Australia, who bogeyed the seventeenth and eighteenth holes to lose the lead. Scott’s approach shot on the 17th went into the thick rough, and then his tee shot on the 18th went into a bunker.