Scott Chokes At British Open

Scott's choke allows Ernie Els the British Open

Robert Whiteby Robert White

Aussie Adam Scott completed an awful choke job at the British PGA Open, losing to South African Ernie Els after holding a four shot lead entering the final hole.

Scott referred to his missed chance as a “sloppy finish”.

"I know I've let a really great chance slip through my fingers today," the 32-year-old said.

"Somehow I'll look back and take the positives from it. I don't think I've ever played this well in a major championship, so that's a good thing for me moving forward. All the stuff I'm doing is going in the right direction. Today is one of those days, and that's why they call it golf."

The loss will obviously draw comparisons to another Australian, Greg Norman, who suffered a similar fate in Augusta in 1996, losing after taking a six shot lead into the final hole.

Scott was brilliant during the Open’s first three days. He notched a course record-equalling 64 in the opening round and his 54-hole total was just a stroke shy of the lowest in the championship’s 152-year history.

He completed a birdie on the 14th hole, but could only manage bogeys over the next four, the worst being a missed two-foot shot for par at the 16th. He looked more than defeated when Els officially stole the championship. With a sickly look on his face, he removed his sunglasses and shook his head in disbelief.

Scott has now been a runner-up at two majors while never finding that elusive win. Els last won an Open a decade ago. Tiger Woods came third.