What they said at The Open Championship - Final RoundJul 22, 2012 - 7:18 PM Lytham St. Annes, England (Sports Network) - Has there ever been a major champion who looked as upset as Ernie Els did when he captured The Open Championship Sunday?
The reason was obvious - he felt horrible for his close friend and Presidents Cup teammate, Adam Scott, who bogeyed the last four holes to squander a chance for his first major title.
"I'm still numb. It still hasn't set in," said Els. "I really feel for my buddy, Scotty. I've been there before. I've blown majors before, golf tournaments before. I just hope he doesn't take it as hard as I did."
Here's what other players were saying after the final round of The Open Championship:
- ADAM SCOTT, trying to take a positive out of one the worst major collapses: "I'm pretty disappointed,. I had it in my hands and managed to hit a poor shot at each of the closing four holes. I'm very, very disappointed, but I played so beautifully for most of the week I certainly should not let this get me down."
- RICCI ROBERTS, Els' caddie, on perceptions others had of his man, and what he thought of Els' chances: "A lot of people have said he's past his prime or whatever. He works harder than anyone else. He wanted it more than anyone. I took one walk around this place and said, 'Ernie, this place is right up your alley.'"
- TIGER WOODS, who had a 3-over 73 and shared third, on his thought process on the sixth hole when he tried to hit a ball plugged in a bunker up against the lip and made triple bogey: "The game plan was to fire into the bank and have it ricochet to the right and then have an angle. Unfortunately, it ricocheted to the left and almost hit me. Then I tried to play an interesting shot after that and ended up 3-putting."
- LUKE DONALD, the world No. 1 who tied for fifth, on how different his game is now than just a few weeks ago when he missed the cut at the U.S. Open: "It's a big step forward for me from a few weeks back. I felt a lot more comfortable in terms of my game coming into this week as opposed to the U.S. Open. Sometimes you learn a lot by playing poorly like I did at the U.S. Open and not living up to my expectations. I certainly was very anxious and didn't do a good job on the mental side so this week was a huge improvement in terms of that. I'll come away from here with a lot of confidence."
- RORY MCILROY, the world No. 2, on what doomed him over the weekend as he tied for 60th: "I wanted to get off to a fast start both yesterday and today but did the complete opposite. I'm obviously disappointed. I set myself up for the week with a nice first round but struggled after that."
- NICOLAS COLSAERTS, the Belgian, who shot a 5-under 65 on Sunday (and Thursday, but had a 77 on Friday), on what this great final round will do for his Ryder Cup chances: "I know it's going to be quite a jump, but then again there's still five weeks to go and there's still a lot of chances for me as well as the others to play well and shake things up. So I'd rather not think about it."
- IAN POULTER, who holed a 202-yard, 5-iron for eagle at No. 2, on what explanation can be given on why there hasn't been an English major winner since Nick Faldo at the 1996 Masters: "There's certainly the caliber of players - it just hasn't happened. It's frustrating for me, you, everybody."
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