Ernie Els now owns a pair of Opens

Updated: July 22, 2012, 8:16 PM ET
By Bob Harig | ESPN.com

LYTHAM ST. ANNES, England -- With a sense of helplessness with which he was all too familiar, Ernie Els stood on the putting green surrounded by the old cobblestone buildings at Royal Lytham & St. Annes, the ones that would bounce the cheers in every direction, his fate in somebody else's hands.

Els had been in this position before, most notably at Augusta National in 2004, his work done, agony or ecstasy to be determined.

This time, incredibly, the good fortune went his way. ...

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