LIKE the big man himself I can scarcely believe it. Ernie Els, Open champion 2012.

All day it looked Adam Scott's Claret Jug until the Big Easy birdied his final hole to set a target that proved too good in the end for the Aussie nearly man.

I tipped Els each-way at 45-1 at the start of play and I'd have settled for a place.

Scott's lead was never threatened until Els's birdie set a target of seven under. And then the Aussie crumbled with four bogeys to finish to leave our man the winner at the end of a dramatic day.

I just wish Scott's collapse had come sooner because I had wasted a few quid on savers when it became clear it was a two-horse race although I backed Els again after Scott's bogey at the short par-four 16th.

Graeme McDowall had a poor day and Tiger Woods couldn't hit a drive to save himself so it was left Els to mount a challenge – and what a challenge it was.

Meanwhile, William Hill go 25-1 about Els retaining his title at The Open at Muirfield next year.

Scott is the same price while Woods is 7-1 favourite but not worth backing on the evidence of Sunday.

Luke Donald, Rory McIlroy and Lee Westwood are all 14-1 to win the next Major, the PGA.

Open outrights: 7/1 Tiger Woods, 16/1 Lee Westwood, 16/1 Luke Donald, 16/1 Rory Mcilroy, 25/1 Padraig Harrington, 25/1 Graeme McDowell, 25/1 Ernie Els, 25/1 Adam Scott, 33/1 Justin Rose, 33/1 Phil Mickleson, 33/1 Rickie Fowler, 33/1 Zach Johnson, 40/1 Sergio Garcia, 40/1 Francesco Molinari, 40/1 Martin Kaymer, 40/1 Ian Poulter, 40/1 Louis Oosthuizen, 50/1 Jason Dufner, 50/1 Dustin Johnson, 50/1 Jim Furyk, 50/1 Hunter Mahan, 50/1 Matt Kuchar, 50/1 Paul Lawrie, 50/1 Bubba Watson, 50/1 Brandt Snedeker.

  1. Jonathan Grieve 9 years ago

    I’m celebrating with u on this one Paul,big Ernie was one of my 5 e/w’s. Feel terrible for Scott tho,that can ruin a career

    • Mr Fixit 9 years ago

      Jonathan, I think Scott is young enough and good enough to bounce back. He didn’t do that much wrong even at the end on what was a tough finish.

  2. Jonathan Grieve 9 years ago

    I hope ur right,I just worry about the hounding that he’ll get from the press,they won’t let him forget this in a hurry. Hopefully he’ll react the way McIlroy did after last year’s Masters and win the next one

    • Mr Fixit 9 years ago

      Jonathan, being a laidback Aussie who lives in the States he’ll probably escape a hounding. But like McIlroy I’ll reckon he’ll land one soon and could be worth backing in the next couple.

  3. Joe knotts 9 years ago

    Nice pick both of u!! Really like els so happy for him. Scott seems decent guy too, pity about his caddy tho!!

  4. Jonathan Grieve 9 years ago

    Cheers Joe,I’m not a big Steve Williams fan either

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