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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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