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2012 British Open: Ernie Els Wins His Second British Open As Adam Scott Collapses

Ernie Els was able to survive a hellacious final round to win his second British Open crown of his career. He survived the final 18 holes with a score of 2-under and overall score of 7-under for the tournament. Of course, he wasn't able to do it on his own. Nope, he needed the collapse of Adam Scott to get him that second Claret jug.

Adam Scott's 75 on the final day was gruesome to watch, as his +5 over in the final round opened the door for Els to hoist that Claret jug. The final round also chewed up and spit out many of the PGA's biggest stars on Sunday. Tiger Woods shot a +3, Brandt Snedeker shot a +4 and Graeme McDowell shot a +5 on Sunday, all losing their chance to win the third major title of the year.

Here is how the money breaks down for the top of the leaderboard:

1. Ernie Els: $1,413,569

2. Adam Scott: $808,069

T3. Brandt Snedeker: $520,583 (€423,172)

T3. Tiger Woods: $520,583

T5. Luke Donald: $326,376 (€265,272)

T5. Graeme McDowell: $326,376

T7. Nicholas Colsaerts: $239,830 (€195,796)

T7. Thomas Aiken: $239,830

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Photographs by jamesbrandon, jdtornow, phlezk, flygraphix, mcdlttx, tomasland, and literalbarrage used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.