The 2012 British Open will likely be remembered for two things: the abysmal final round by Adam Scott combined with the incredible turn of Ernie Els in the same. The two golfers served as polar opposite performers on Sunday in the final round of the Open at Royal Lytham & St. Annes, with Scott imploding after leading the major all week. Els, meanwhile escalated to the top of the leaderboard and earned over an incredible $1.4 million in the process.
Scott held the lead at six under after the first round and maintained that lead well into the fourth round today despite struggling early on Sunday. It was clear that nerves were getting the best of him as he vied for his first major, while Els, the steady veteran, kept playing consistently solid golf to climb closer and closer. Els finished seven-under for the round after Scott held the lead a few holes earlier with an 11-under score.
Here's the complete rundown of the top seven golfers and their payouts:
1. Ernie Els: $1,413,569
2. Adam Scott: $808,069
T3. Brandt Snedeker: $520,583
T3. Tiger Woods: $520,583
T5. Luke Donald: $326,376
T5. Graeme McDowell: $326,376
T7. Nicolas Colsaerts: $239,830
T7. Thomas Aiken: $239,830