Adam Scott collapsed but it was Ernie Els, not Brandt Snedeker, who took advantage.
Snedeker, a Nashville native, shot a 4-over 74 to finish 3-under at the British Open and tie for third with Tiger Woods on Sunday at Royal Lytham & St. Annes in England. Scott blew a four-stroke lead with bogeys on the final four holes and Els became just the sixth player to win the British Open and U.S. Open twice.
Snedeker, a former standout at Vanderbilt and Montgomery Bell Academy, matched his highest performance at a major. He tied for third at the Masters in 2008.
Snedeker, who was wearing a black ribbon on his hat in memory of the victims of the mass shooting in Colorado, was in prime position to capture his first major championship after two rounds. He led the field with a 10-under 130 and didn’t bogey until the fifth hole of the third round on Saturday. That’s when the wheels began to come off for the 31-year-old. Over the last 32 holes, he bogeyed nine times and double bogeyed twice.
On Sunday, he sunk two consecutive birdies on 15th and 16th to regain some ground as Scott began to slip. But he ended the tournament with a bogey on the 18th hole to fall into a tie with Woods.
It was the first time in four tries at the British Open that Snedeker had made the cut. He was also coming off a rib injury that kept him from play in the U.S. Open last month. In his eighth year on the PGA Tour, he has three victories – his most recent in January at the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines in La Jolla, Calif.