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Adam Scott of Australia had never won a Major before in his career, though he had come across a few close calls over the years. The British Open ended up being yet another frustrating close call to add to his collection, as he melted down late to hand the Claret Jug to longshot Ernie Els.
Scott had put together an impressive four stroke lead with four holes to go, but bogeyed the first three en route to a missed putt that could have forced a playoff. Instead, Els ended up holding the trophy in the end, his fourth Major title and his second win at the British Open.
Tiger Woods had been the favorite from the beginning in the tourney, but had a triple bogeyed hole late in the proceedings to essentially knock himself out. His almost four-year-long major title drought will continue, as he finished only in third place with a 3-under score. Phil Mickelson and Bubba Watson, also favored contenders at the start, did not fare too well with Mickelson missing the first cut and Watson barely scraping it. Watson ended up tied for 23rd.
Michigan graduate Justin Hicks did well for himself early on in the tournament by earning a 2-over score at the first cut which kept him in, but slowly sank as the rounds kept going and ended up with a 6-over score, good only for 45th place.
After a complete collapse down the stretch by 54-hole leader Adam Scott, tour veteran Ernie Els picked up his fourth career major title on Sunday with a 7-under score at the 2012 British Open Championship.
Els carded a 2-under par 68 to enter the clubhouse at 7-under, and watched as Scott, who appeared to have the tournament wrapped up, procede to bogey each of his final four holes to cough the lead away. After being forced to waste a shot out of the bunker due to an errant drive, Scott, needing a par to force a playoff on the 18th hole, missed what amounted to a 10-foot putt that would've kept his title hopes alive.
A winner at the British Open in 2002 at Muirfield Golf Links, Els has now won a major title in three separate decades, which is an impressive achievement to say the least. The 42-year-old South Africa native birdied four of his final nine holes in Sunday's round to outlast his competitors, and will enter next year's British Open, held coincidentally at Muirfield, as the unquestioned reigning champion in every sense of the phrase.
Tiger Woods' British Open hopes may have gone up in smoke after he wound up in a deep greenside pot bunker on hole No. 6, leading to a triple-bogey and dropping him to 3-under par, six shots back of leader Adam Scott.
Scott, who began the day at 11-under, just bogeyed No. 6, dropping him to 9-under par. Graeme McDowell, Scott's playing partner, wound up in the aforementioned 'Tiger Bunker' on No. 6 leading to a bogey and dropping McDowell to 5-under par overall.
Despite Scott's bogey on the sixth hole, he owns a four-shot lead over Brandt Snedeker after the American posted a double-bogey on No. 7. Snedeker just yanked his drive on the par-4 eighth hole to the left rough, so he's in danger of dropping even further.
The 'pack' behind Scott has yet to make a move today, so the Australian can perhaps play conservatively with the knowledge that he doesn't need to go low today.
Former University of Michigan golfer Justin Hicks started Sunday's play at one over par and in a tie for 25th, but dropped a shot early to fall to two over par and into a tie for 30th.
Most of the Top 10 on the Leaderboard have yet to tee off, but Belgian Nicolas Colsaerts turned in the early round of the day with a 65 to move to 1-under and into a six-way tie for 14th.
Leader Adam Scott tees off at 9:30 am ET alongside Graeme McDowell, while Tiger Woods and Brandt Snedeker go off at 9:20 am ET in the penultimate group. Tiger, McDowell and Snedeker all sit just four strokes back of Scott.
ESPN coverage will run until the conclusion of the 2012 Open Championship, and a live online stream is available through their Watch ESPN site as well as on TheOpen.com, while Golf.com has your live leaderboard updates all day long.
The coveted Claret Jug is up for grabs as the final round of the 2012 British Open is set to begin early Sunday morning, as Australian Adam Scott will try to fend off competitors with a four-stroke lead entering the day.
Scott's third round 68 put him squarely atop a crowded leaderboard that includes a number of former major champions. Although the 32-year-old Scott has never won a major championship in his career, the talented Aussie has inched closer in recent years. With names like Graeme McDowell, Tiger Woods, Ernie Else and Zach Johnson sure to be right on his tail should he slip up even in the slightest bit, Scott knows that his play on Sunday will need to be near-flawless for him to walk away victorious.
Live television coverage of what should prove to be an extremely exciting final round will begin bright and early at 6:00 a.m. EDT on ESPN. The broadcast will then run until the conclusion of the tournament later in the afternoon, although the final group including Scott and McDowell is not scheduled to being until 9:30 a.m.. In addition to the TV coverage, a live online stream can also be accessed via ESPN's Watch ESPN application and through TheOpen.com, the British Open's official website.
For a live leaderboard throughout the final round, visit Golf.com.
Adam Scott re-took his lead at the 2012 British Open in round three, shooting 2-under for the day to finish 11-under heading into the final round on Sunday. He passed up Brandt Snedeker, who absolutely fell apart in round three, finishing the day at 3-over and is tied for second place with Graeme McDowell at 7-under. Tiger Woods holds fourth-place at 6-under after finishing even in round three, and the top five is rounded out by a fifth-place tie between Zach Johnson and Ernie Els.
Johnson finished round three at 4-under and is eyeing another strong day in round four to make a push for the win. Former Michigan Wolverines star Justin Hicks had a solid day, finishing 1-under and is 1-over for the tournament thus far. He's tied for 25th place with six others.
Below, we've got full tee times for round four on Sunday, all of the times eastern.
2:20 a.m. - Martin Laird
2:30 a.m. - John Daly and Tom Watson
2:40 a.m. - Jeev Milkha Singh and Rafael Cabrera-Bello
2:40 a.m. - Charles Howell III and Ross Fisher
3 a.m. - Chad Campbell and Andres Romero
3:10 a.m. - Lee Slattery and John Senden
3:20 a.m. - Warren Bennett and Aaron Baddeley
3:30 a.m. - Juvic Pagunsan and Retief Goosen
3:40 a.m. - Bob Estes and Richard Sterne
3:55 a.m. - Rory McIlroy and Fredrik Jacobson
4:05 a.m. - Brendan Jones and Ted Potter Jr.
4:15 a.m. - Thongchai Jaidee and Yoshinori Fujimoto
4:25 a.m. - Gonzalo Fernadez-Castano and Nicolas Colsaerts
4:35 a.m. - Pablo Larrazabal and K.J. Choi
4:45 a.m. - Sang-moon Bae and Adilson Da Silva
4:55 a.m. - Lee Westwood and Toshinori Muto
5:05 a.m. - Geoff Ogilvy and Miguel Angel Jimenez
5:15 a.m. - Ian Poulter and Greg Owen
5:30 a.m. - Branden Grace and Jim Furyk
5:40 a.m. - Rafael Echenique and Troy Matteson
5:50 a.m. - Gary Woodland and Rickie Fowler
6 a.m. - Paul Lawrie and Carl Pettersson
6:10 a.m. - Simon Dyson and Garth Mulroy
6:20 a.m. - Jamie Donaldson and Dale Whitnell
6:30 a.m. - Francesco Molinari and Harris English
6:40 a.m. - Padraig Harrington and Joost Luiten
6:55 a.m. - Steve Stricker and Peter Hanson
7:05 a.m. - Thomas Bjorn and Hunter Mahan
7:15 a.m. - Alexander Noren and Justin Hicks
7:25 a.m. - Matthew Baldwin and Keegan Bradley
7:35 a.m. - Steven Alker and James Morrison
7:45 a.m. - Greg Chalmers and Simon Khan
7:55 a.m. - Anirban Lahiri and Nick Watney
8:05 a.m. - Vijay Singh and Jason Dufner
8:20 a.m. - Luke Donald and Kyle Stanley
8:30 a.m. - Dustin Johnson and Matt Kuchar
8:40 a.m. - Mark Calcavecchia and Louis Oosthuizen
8:50 a.m. - Bubba Watson and Thomas Aiken
9 a.m. - Bill Haas and Thorbjorn Olesen
9:10 a.m. - Ernie Els and Zach Johnson
9:20 a.m. - Tiger Woods and Brandt Snedeker
9:30 a.m. - Graeme McDowell and Adam Scott
Brandt Snedeker's time at the top of the leaderboard was short-lived, as a rough Round 3 has dropped him into a tie for third place with Tiger Woods. Snedeker bogeyed six times through 16 holes, and is currently 4-over on the day to drop him to 6-under on the tournament.
Adam Scott sits in first place, shooting a solid 2-under through 17 holes and improving his overall total to 11-under. Graeme McDowell is his closest competitor, standing alone in second place with a 54-hole total of 7-under.
Tiger Woods had a shaky start to the day, hitting two bogeys in his first three holes, but has settled down as the day has gone on. He shot par for the round and currently sits in a tie for third at 6-under for the tournament.
Former Michigan Wolverine Justin Hicks recovered from a poor second round, shooting a 1-under par on Saturday to move up 26 spots into a tie for 25th.
For a live leaderboard, check out Golf.com.
American golfer Brandt Snedeker put his name in the history books on Friday. He was the first golfer in Open history with a 10-under after 36 holes of play. A historic score has him in the lead, but Adam Scott is only one stroke behind as the field starts Round 3 on Saturday.
Snedeker and Scott are paired together for the third round, and they will tee off at 10:20 a.m. Eastern. Tiger Woods, paired with Thorbjorn Olesen, tees off at 10:10 a.m. Former Michigan Wolverine Justin Hicks tees off at 5:05 a.m.
Some other notable tee times and pairings include:
3:20 a.m. ET - Tom Watson, Lee Westwood
3:30 a.m. ET - Chad Campbell, John Daly
3:40 a.m. ET - Adilson Da Silva, Rickie Fowler
5:15 a.m. ET - Frederik Jacobson, Jim Furyk
9:20 a.m. ET - James Morrison, Steve Stricker
9:40 a.m. ET - Jason Duffner, Graeme McDowell
10:10 a.m. ET - Thorbjorn Olesen, Tiger Woods
10:20 a.m. ET - Adam Scott, Brent Snedeker
A complete list of tee times and pairings is available at TheOpen.com.
A live leaderboard is available from Golf.com.
The first two rounds of play at the 2012 British Open have concluded. Round 3 gets underway bright and early on Saturday morning, with American golfer Brandt Snedecker in front at 10-under. Tiger Woods is in third place at 6-under. Former Michigan Wolverine made the cut for Round 3 with a 2-over.
It sets up what should be a full day of golf on Saturday, one fans will not want to miss. ESPN will begin broadcasting from the tournament at 7 a.m. Eastern, picking it up in progress.
Fans who want to start earlier, can watch it online via ESPN3, which starts streaming live at 5 a.m. At 7 a.m., ESPN3 will mirror the main network broadcast.
For a live leaderboard, check out Golf.com.
The first two rounds of the 2012 British Open Championship are now a thing of the past, and Brandt Snedeker of the United States leads at 10-under par entering the weekend.
Snedeker became the first man in Open history to card a 10-under score of 130 over 36 holes, but owns just a one-stroke advantage on Australian-born Adam Scott after each man turned in a birdie-filled Friday round.
Though he failed to capitalize on his impressive opening round score of 68, Michigan native and former Michigan Wolverines golfer Justin Hicks carded a 4-over 74 on Friday to tumble down the leaderboard. Nevertheless, Hicks, who is making his first career British appearance, ended up making the cut by two strokes and will begin the weekend in a tie for 51st overall.
Hicks reeled off nine straight pars to open his second round for an even par 34 at the turn, but bogeyed four of his next six holes as the wet conditions clearly took a toll on his game. He will hope to get a leg up on the rest of his competitors with an extremely early start time on Saturday.
On the second day of the 2012 British Open, Luke Donald decided to switch up his caddy when he gave regular bag master John McLaren the day off in exchange for Robert Karlsson's side-man, Gareth Lord.
The result was a 68 on day two, which was a two-stroke improvement from day one.
While the results were a welcome benefit, Donald didn't change things up because he felt Lord was more qualified; Donald changed things up because McLaren was excused in order to be present for the birth of his first child.
Via SB Nation:
"For me that was an important thing in my life to be around for [the birth of a child], especially your first one, and enjoy that experience," Donald said. "But I know what he's like. He's very passionate about his job, as well, and he'll get back here when he's ready."
At the start of things at the 2012 British Open, Michigan graduate Justin Hicks was doing quite well and keeping pace with the top of the leaderboard. Since then, he slipped a bit and ended up with a good but not great 68 for the first round. Heading into the second, he'll need to keep that pace or better to keep himself on the high end of the chart, as he's currently in a tie for 41st place.
Brandt Snedeker is currently top of the leaderboard with a 10-under score, while favorite Tiger Woods has only managed to keep himself in a tie for sixth place with a 3-under score.
A full leaderboard for the British Open can be found at Golf.com and the current top 10 can be found below:
1. Brandt Snedeker -10
2. Paul Lawrie -6
t2. Zach Johnson -6
4. Adam Scott -5
5. Ernie Els -4
6. Bubba Watson -3
t6. Graeme McDowell -3
t6. Tiger Woods -3
9. Steven Alker -2
t9. Luke Donald -2
Round 2 of the 2012 British Open begins early Friday morning, and there are a number of ways fans can catch the action from the Royal Lytham & St. Annes Golf Club. Television coverage will be provided by ESPN and begins at 4:30 a.m. ET. WatchESPN will be streaming the action online beginning at 4 a.m. with some streams limited to those with a cable subscription but most available to all.
Live video is also available via TheOpen.com, but access is limited to fans in the United Kingdom. Fans on the go can keep up with the action via their mobile device. The Open Championship app is available for iPhone, iPad and Android devices and will provide live video from holes 9, 10 and 11.
The odds for a Tiger Woods victory at the 2012 British Open improved following his Round 1 performance, a respectable 3-under that left him in sixth place. Odds on a Tiger victory were 8/1 before the round and the latest odds are 5/1, according to Vegas Insider. Adam Scott is currently atop the leaderboard at 6-under and is getting 7/1 odds that he'll still be there after the next three rounds. Rory McIlroy is getting the same odds as Scott.
The odds on a victory for some other notable names:
Former University of Michigan golfer Justin Hicks is tied for 14th after the first round of The Open Championship following a round of 2-under 68.
Hicks recorded four birdies and two bogeys in his round and is tied with eight different players.
Adam Scott is atop the leaderboard after shooting a 6-under 64. If he had birdied No. 18 instead of bogey it, he would have shot the lowest round in a major championship. Scott scored three birdies and one bogey on the front nine, with five birdies and one bogey on the back nine. From holes 11-16, Scott birdied five of the six holes.
Zach Johnson, Nicholas Colsaerts and Paul Lawrie are one stroke behind Scott. Some notable names, including Tiger Woods, are tied for sixth after a 3-under 67. Here is the full leaderboard and below is the top 10.
1. Adam Scott (-6)
T2. Nicholas Colsaerts (-5)
T2. Paul Lawrie (-5)
T2. Zach Johnson (-5)
5. Brandt Snedeker (-4)
T6. Tiger Woods (-3)
T6. Rory McIlroy (-3)
T6. Ernie Els (-3)
T6. Bubba Watson (-3)
T6. Four others tied at -3
Many players have wrapped up their first round at the 2012 British Open Championships. Adam Scott currently holds the first-place spot at 6-under for the day, while Zach Johnson and Paul Lawrie hold a tie for second place at 5-under. Nicolas Colsaerts has a chance to take the top spot, as through 12 holes he's 4-under with a ways to go, as is Toshinori Muto, rounding out the top five.
Other big names in the top are Bubba Watson and Tiger Woods, who finished tied for sixth after round one at 3-under. Ernie Els, Graeme McDowell and Keegan Bradley share that tie for sixth.
Justin Hicks, a local product who was a star with the Michigan Wolverines, is all the way down tied for 38th place and is even, but he's only played through four holes thus far and can certainly improve his standing before the round is over. This is Hicks' first appearance at the British Open and, on top of that, his first time playing in Europe in general.
The challenging Royal Lytham & St. Annes Golf Club will host the 2012 British Open Championship this week in England, as Thursday's opening round is sure to bring plenty of excitement.
Live television coverage of the tournament will begin bright and early Thursday morning at 4:30 a.m. EST on ESPN, and will run until 3:00 p.m. later in the day. An encore broadcast will then be immediately replayed until 6:00 p.m. to catch viewers up on the morning action.
Online streaming coverage will be available much earlier than the TV broadcast, and can be seen at the British Open's official website starting at 12:30 a.m. EST Thursday morning. The Open's official coverage will also be available on both Facebook and LiveStream, and can also be accessed via The Open's iPhone and Android applications.
After taking part in practice rounds this week at England's Royal Lytham & St. Annes, Swedish-born golfer Robert Karlsson made the head-scratching decision on Wednesday to officially withdraw from the 2012 British Open a mere hours before he was scheduled to tee off.
The 42-year-old Swede explained his decision to fans on Twitter:
Just pulled out of the British open. Have got into some bad habits in my game and routine that I need to address. taking a few weeks off.— Robert Karlsson (@robertkarlsson) July 18, 2012
Clearly the brutal roughs and inconsistent weather conditions made Karlsson think twice about laboring through a pair of unbearable 18-hole rounds since, you know, he apparently has no chance at winning/competing. Because for as strange as this decision might be to every golf fan on the planet, Karlsson knows his body and golf swing better than anybody, and could merely be afraid of dropping an all-too-relatable score of 90 on the unsuspecting public or something.
Karlsson joins 2012 U.S. Open winner Webb Simpson, Mark O'Meara and Jason Day as the fourth player who has pulled out of this year's event. While there was initially some thought that Ben Crane would be taking Karlsson's open spot, Open officials opted to carry on without a replacement with the first round just hours away.
Thursday brings us the opening round of the 2012 British Open, and there are multiple ways for fans to watch the Open Tournament online. WatchESPN is the best place online to catch Tiger Woods, former Michigan Wolverine Justin Hicks and the rest of the field. Coverage begins Thursday morning at 3:30 a.m. ET, with some streams requiring a cable subscription but many available to all. There is a live stream of holes 9, 10 and 11 available at official site TheOpen.com, but access is limited to fans in the UK.
The computer isn't the only place to watch the British Open online. For the first time ever, live streaming coverage of the tournament will be available via mobile device. Live scoring, video highlights, a course guide, a live stream of holes 9, 10 and 11 and more is all available via apps for iPhone, iPad and Android devices.
When the 2012 British Open Championship begins from Royal Lytham & St. Annes Golf and Country Club on Thursday morning in England, the No. 1 name on everyone's mind will once again be that of Tiger Woods, a man who remains the sport's most polarizing figure.
As expected, the three-time British champ opened as the betting favorite to take home another major title according to VegasInsider.com, as Woods was given a tournament-best 8-to-1 odds to pull off a victory. Young gun and local favorite Rory McIlroy is right on Woods' heels with 10-to-1 odds himself, while three other European players, Lee Westwood (12-to-1), Luke Donald (15-to-1), and Padraig Harrington (15-to-1) rounded out the top five.
Though he tied for second place at last year's event and is always a threat at the biggest venues, four-time major winner Phil Mickelson will open with 25-to-1 odds to take his first ever title on European soil. Much further down the same list however, is none other than last year's winner, Scotland native Darren Clarke. The 43-year-old Clarke was given rather steep 150-to-1 odds to repeat, in an obvious slap in the face from oddsmakers who question his ability to pull off another surprise win.
Former Michigan Wolverine Justin Hicks was not specifically awarded individual odds, and is instead included in the remaining field which has also been given 8-to-1 odds to have a player emerge as champion. Hicks is not only making his first appearance at the British, but is taking in Europe for the first time.
The 141st British Open Championship will begin on Thursday from England, as former Michigan Wolverine Justin Hicks will make his first career appearance.