2012 British Open: Ernie Els Edges Adam Scott In Thrilling Final Round

Ernie Els captured his second Open Championship and fourth major championship.

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British Open Prize Money 2012: Ernie Els Takes Home $1.4 Million Paycheck

Ernie Els put together one of the most dramatic comebacks in golf's major championship history Sunday to win his fourth major championship, and the accomplishment will make him a pretty rich man. Els' four-round total of 7-under par -- he shot 68, 2-under par, on Sunday -- helped him earn about $1.4 million. The total is about $600,000 more than second-place finisher Adam Scott, who made bogeys on each of the last four holes to blow what would be his first major victory.

Overall, the purse at the 2012 British Open was the same as '11 -- roughly, $7.7 million. Here's the breakdown of the payouts from the top seven players:

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

T7. Thomas Aiken: $239,830

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2012 British Open: Ernie Els Earns Fourth Major Championship In Thrilling Fashion

In golf, the unexpected is almost always expected -- especially in the final round of a major -- and that's just what happened Sunday at the 2012 British Open, as South Africa's Ernie Els caught Australia's Adam Scott in the final four holes to claim his fourth major championship. Els carded a final round of 68, 2-under par, which featured the "Big Easy" playing the final nine holes at 4-under and included a dramatic birdie on the final hole to finish with a 72-hole score of 7-under par.

Els' birdie at the last hole forced Scott to make a tournament-tying putt -- setup by a bad tee shot that landed in fairway bunker on No. 18 -- which missed. Scott held a commanding lead into the final four holes, which he played at 4-over.

Overall, Els was the only player in the top five to shoot 3-over par or better. Els finished a stroke better than second-place finisher Scott (-6), who was ahead of Tiger Woods (-3), Brandt Snedeker (-3), Luke Donald (-2) and Graeme McDowell (-2).

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2012 British Open Leaderboard Update: Keegan Bradley Shoots 68 In Round 3

Action from Round 3 of the 2012 British Open is underway, and St. John's graduate Keegan Bradley has shot his best round of the tournament so far, a 2-under par 68. Bradley scored a 71 in Thursday's opening round and a 72 in Round 2. He stands at +1 overall, currently good enough for 40th place.

Players higher up on the leaderboard have yet to tee off. The top 10 begin teeing off around 9:30 a.m. ET, with Tiger Woods (6-under overall) getting started at 10:10 a.m. followed by overall leader Brandt Snedeker (10-under overall) at 10:20 a.m. Complete tee times are available here, information on how to watch Round 3, including watching online, is here and a live leaderboard is available here.

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British Open 2012 Odds: Tiger Woods Slim Favorite Over Rory McIlroy

The 2012 British Open will begin in the early morning on Thursday, and to no ones surprise Tiger Wood will head into the third major of the season as the favorite to win. According to the Las Vegas Hotel and Casino (via RJ Bell -- a sports betting expert), Woods enters The Open Championship as a 8-to-1 favorite, a line that is just a tad better than Rory McIlroy (10-1).

Lee Westwood, who's still looking for his first major championship, is at 12-1, while Luke Donald is 15-1. Two-time British Open winner Padraig Harrington enters at 20-1 and fan favorite Phil Mickelson, who's looking for his first victory overseas, is 30-1.

Open Championship coverage will begin Thursday at 4:30 a.m. ET (set your alarm clocks early!) on ESPN.

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