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Scott Leads Els by One Shot in British Open as Woods Falters

Adam Scott leads Ernie Els by a shot after bogeys on the 15th and 16th holes in their final round of golf’s British Open.

Scott, of Australia, is 3 over par through 16 holes today and 8 under for the tournament at Royal Lytham & St. Annes in northwest England. Els used four birdies on the back nine, including on the final hole, to close the gap on Scott. The South African finished 2 under for the round.

American Brandt Snedeker is in third place at 4-under par and Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland is in fourth, one shot further back.

Tiger Woods faded into a tie for fourth place with four bogeys and a triple bogey on the sixth hole. He’s tied with England’s Luke Donald.

Woods recorded his first triple-bogey at a major since 2003 after hitting his second shot at the par-3 sixth hole into a bunker. His third shot hit the bunker wall, forcing him to jump out of the way as the ball rebounded back toward him, and wound up against another wall.

Unable to get a stance, Woods played his next shot from his knees from outside the bunker, with the ball clipping the wall before reaching the green. He then three-putted for triple bogey to fall to 3 under.

Scott, 32, has never finished better than eighth in 12 previous visits to the British Open and his best performance in a major was at the 2011 Masters, where he was runner-up to Charl Schwartzel of South Africa. He’d be the fifth Australian to win the Open and the first since Greg Norman, his idol, in 1993.

Nicolas Colsaerts has the low score among players out early today with 5-under 65. The Belgian was tied for second place after the first round, but played the past two days in 9 over par.

England’s Ian Poulter, Australia’s Geoff Ogilvy and Spain’s Miguel Angel Jimenez all shot 67 to finish even-par. Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy shot 73 to end up 8 over. The 2011 U.S. Open champion failed to break par after opening with a 67.

Manchester City soccer player Carlos Tevez caddied today for his friend and countryman Andres Romero, who shot 82 and is last at 18 over. The striker was frequently photographed playing golf in his native Argentina last season when he took an unauthorized leave from City following a disagreement with manager Roberto Mancini.

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