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Five Takeaways from the 2012 Open Championship: A Fan’s Take

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The 2012 Open Championship is now in the record books. Although the 2012 tournament will likely be remembered for Adam Scott's struggles on the final holes, Ernie Els captured the second Open title of his great career. Here are five takeaways from the 2012 Open Championship.

That Open Championship pressure, that major championship pressure, that is real.

It was a tough final round for most of the leaders at the 2012 Open Championship. I know that Nicolas Colsaerts shot 65 in the final round, but he was finished well before the leaders even made the turn. Look at the scores of the leaders going into the final round. The pressure of contending in a major championship or getting into contention at a major was very present in the final round.

Those guys over 40 can still play some golf.

Most people, me included, thought that Ernie Els' run of major championship victories was in the past. Of course, most of us could probably say that we never saw Darren Clarke's 2011 Open Championship victory coming. This marks back-to-back years of Open Champions over the age of 40. I think that is quite impressive. It says a great deal about the gentlemen who claimed the Claret Jug. It should also give others hope that they can win in their 40s as well. I guess somewhere Tiger Woods is contemplating that as he chases the ghost of Jack Nicklaus. I would also think that this fact is not lost on Phil Mickelson.

Tiger Woods is still pretty good, but he is only a mere mortal now.

Tiger Woods had a pretty rough final round at Royal Lytham and St Annes. Any round where you have to write down a triple bogey is a round you would like to forget. The days of Tiger Woods piling up major championship titles like cordwood are likely over. He is still a very good player though. If you would like to read more about my take on the new Tiger Woods you can find it here.

Adam Scott has a lot of class.

After almost having your name engraved on the Claret Jug only to see it slip away has to be incredibly disappointing. For those of us that do not play professional golf it is almost as if you had all your hopes and dreams nearly within your grasp only see your hopes dashed at the very last possible moment. Imagine how broken you might be in the aftermath of that, and then to see how Adam Scott handled the moment with class says quite a lot about Scott.

The tournament is not over until the final putt drops.

Anything can happen in golf and the tournament is not over until the final putt drops. I am not sure how many of you thought Ernie Els was going to win the Open Championship prior to Adam Scott's collapse. I thought it was going to be a ho-hum finish and I almost went to do something else. I am glad in a way that I stuck around for the finish, but it was tough to watch as Scott crumbled before our very eyes. A win is a win, but there are losses and then there are bad losses. This was a bad loss for Scott in a tournament that he should have won.

Dwight is an avid golfer. While still relatively new to the game, he plays as often as the weather and his schedule will allow.

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