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.