After torrential rain kept players off the Ocean Course on Wednesday morning, players scrambled in the afternoon sunshine to make last minute adjustments for the PGA Championship which begins on Thursday morning in Kiawah Island, South Carolina.
Els won the (British) Open last month to become the 16th player to win the last 16 majors, the longest streak in 25 years.
The sentimental favorite figures to be Scott, who had a four-shot lead with four holes to play at Royal Lytham and closed with four straight bogeys.
At least he gets another chance for redemption without having to wait another year.
Els and Scott are close friends and played 9 holes together Wednesday afternoon
"I think just being more secure of what you're doing and basically my routine was really good. You know, and I feel whenever you have a good routine, the pre?shot routine into your golf shots, and you're clear in your mind of what you want to do, there's not too many things flying around in your head. I was just more secure of what I wanted to do. And I think that obviously started at the U.S. Open, I felt that, and obviously it was a lot better at The Open."
SUPER CAPTION: Ernie Els
"Absolutely take a positive from it. I played maybe the best golf of my career for the whole week, really. Unfortunately I didn't get a win. But even with the last four holes, taking it as a whole, I played spectacular golf for such a long period of time in a major championship. That's something I've been working to do for my whole career and finally that's happened. So I've got to take the positive that I'm getting somewhere now. I feel great about that and I feel very motivated to do that again."
SUPER CAPTION: Adam Scott
Open winner Ernie Els looks ahead to PGA championshipFriday, August 10 2012