The history books will show that Ernie Els won the British Open in 2012 but in reality, he was given a gift wrapped by UNLV graduate, Adam Scott. Scott bogeyed the last 4 holes to allow Els to win the tournament while Els was preparing for a playoff.
From ESPN: Ernie Els
plucked the ball from the hole after one last birdie and heaved it into
the grandstand. At the time, it looked like nothing more than a classy
gesture by a former Open Championship winner -- not the next one.
The name on the Claret Jug was supposed to be Adam Scott, who had a four-shot lead with four holes to play.
But in a shocking turnaround Sunday, Els returned to the 18th green
less than an hour later to claim the oldest trophy in golf. Scott joined
a list of players who threw away a major.
That was not lost on Els, whose heart sank when he looked over at the 32-year-old Australian.
Els told him. "You're a great player, a great friend of mine. I feel
very fortunate. You're going to win many of these."
Scott might not get another chance like this.
hitting a 3-wood into a pot bunker on the final hole, Scott had one
last chance when he stood over a 7-foot par putt to force a playoff. It
stayed left of the cup, and Scott dropped into a crouch. Standing off to
the side, his chin quivered as the magnitude of the meltdown hit him.
Instead, he mouthed one word: "Wow."
Wow, indeed. http://espn.go.com/golf/britishopen12/story/_/id/8188845/2012-open-championship-adam-scott-collapses-ernie-els-wins-claret-jug
This will go down as one of worst collapses in a major of all time.