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The Open – Review

23 July 2012

After all the excitement of The Masters we really didn’t think another one of the Majors could take us to the edge of our seats in quite the same way. How wrong we were! After 3 days, a hole in one, numerous triple bogeys and a seemingly clear cut winner, the final day of this years’ Open turned out to be anything but ordinary.

As players took to the green on Sunday it was looking like the final day of The Open 2012 was heading for an anti-climactic end… as the first Australian since Greg Norman was about to claim the claret jug, right at that moment, the golfing world stopped on its axis and we all fell off our chairs.

Adam Scott, who came in to the last round with a four-stroke advantage, which he was still holding through the 14th, unbelievably bogeyed the last four holes – and “old man”, South Africa’s own Ernie Els, playing as if he didn’t have a care in the world, made, yes, four birdies on the back nine to win it.

The British hopes lay with the current top three in the World Rankings going into The Open, Luke Donaldson, Rory McIlroy and Lee Westwood but sadly it wasn’t to be. After finishing day one 3 under with 67 Rory posted a poor 75, 73, 73 on the subsequent days finishing The Open 3 over and T60! His worst result in a long time. Lee didn’t fair too much better finishing T45 with 2 over after only finding par on day 2. Luke finished day 1 mid way down the table with a par score but pulled it back on day 2 with a fantastic score of 10 under! With such an outstanding turn around Luke went into day 3 as one of the hopefuls to claim the victory but failed to deliver, finishing the day 1 over. On the final day he produced a slightly better round finishing 1 under and finished the tournament in a respectable T5.

Our very own Ernie Els played consistently throughout the tournament but with Adam Scott starting the final day so far ahead of the pack no one seemed to pay attention the South African lurking in Scott’s shadows. Even we have to admit that if it wasn’t for Adam’s unfortunate change of luck on the last four holes Ernie probably wouldn’t be in the position he is now, but we can’t take anything away from his skill and patience across the four day event. Ernie posted a 67, 70, 68 and a final day score of 68, which combined with his tremendous four birdies in the closing stages, secured him a long awaited Major victory.

From everyone here at the Caddyshack Rentals office; congratulations Ernie!