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Burnley 2 Derby 0 match report: Austin on target as Claret extend hoodoo over Rams

Burnley 2 Derby 0: Austin on target as Claret extend hoodoo over Rams

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18:04 GMT, 26 December 2012

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UPDATED:

18:04 GMT, 26 December 2012

Charlie Austin scored his 23rd goal
of the season to set Burnley on their way to a first victory in six
npower Championship matches as Derby were beaten 2-0 at Turf Moor.

Austin struck five minutes before
half-time. The former Swindon striker was at his predatory best to turn
the ball into the net after the visitors failed to deal with Kieran
Trippier's cross.

Hot shot: Burney's Charlie Austin

Hot shot: Burney's Charlie Austin

Match facts

Burnley: Grant, Trippier, Duff, Shackell, Lafferty, Wallace, Marney, McCann, Paterson (Treacy 62), Ings (Stock 72), Austin (Vokes 68). Subs Not Used: Jensen, Edgar, Mills, Bartley.

Booked: Wallace, McCann, Treacy, Grant.

Goals: Austin 40, Duff 74.

Derby: Legzdins, Brayford, O'Brien (O'Connor 83), Keogh, Roberts, Hughes, Jacobs, Hendrick, Coutts, Bryson (Tyson 65), Sammon (Robinson 72). Subs Not Used: Fielding, Doyle, Davies, Freeman.

Booked: Robinson.

Att: 13,779

Ref: Andy Haines (Tyne & Wear).

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Some more poor defending cost the Rams after 74 minutes when Michael Duff headed in the second goal.

In a game of few chances, it was enough to see Burnley maintain their recent stranglehold over Derby. The Clarets are now unbeaten in eight games against the Rams, winning six.

Danny Lafferty returned from injury for the hosts, replacing Joseph Mills at left-back in the only change made by boss Sean Dyche.

Derby manager Nigel Clough also made one change, recalling the fit again Mark O'Brien as James O'Connor dropped back down to the bench.

Rams goalkeeper Adam Legzdins saved early on from Martin Paterson before Chris McCann and Ross Wallace had efforts blocked by Richard Keogh and Conor Sammon respectively.

The visitors replied through Paul Coutts, an old favourite at Burnley's rivals Preston, but Lafferty got in the way of his shot.

Dean Marney headed weakly wide just after the half hour mark from a good far-post position before Austin struck.

Trippier's cross from the right-hand side was not properly cleared and Austin swept a low shot past Legzdins from 12 yards out.

Derby might have equalised before the break but O'Brien headed wide from Michael Jacobs' free-kick.

O'Brien made a block to deny Austin another goal early in the second half and Wallace's shot from the right side of the penalty area hit a post just before the hour.

Austin miscued from close range but Burnley eventually got their second goal when Derby seemingly ignored Duff and he headed in Wallace's corner at the far post.

Substitute Brian Stock worked Legzdins with a long-range effort late on.
Derby substitute Theo Robinson had the last chance of the game but missed the target from 12 yards out as the Rams suffered a seventh away loss in the league this season.

Dynamo – the Bradford fan – on beating Arsenal

The Dynamo magic willing giantkillers Bradford all the way to Wembley after shocking Arsenal

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18:22 GMT, 12 December 2012

Bradford beating Arsenal in the League Cup was a huge shock – but they might have taken the 'magic of the cup' literally with the biggest magical football fan in the world behind them.

Magician Dynamo has been astonishing audiences and stars around the world with his magic tricks.

But he could've pulled off the biggest one of career willing his hometown club Bradford to a win against Arsenal.

Mind games: Bradford fan Dynamo was willing his team to victory over Arsenal

Proud: Bradford fan Dynamo

Mind games: Bradford fan Dynamo was willing his team to victory over Arsenal

Dynamo tweets

Backing: Dynamo took time out from his stage show to support his team last night

Dynamo factfile

His real name is Steven Frayne

He was born in Bradford on December 17, 1982

He first learnt to perform illusions from his grandfather and developed the skill during trips to New Orleans.

Dynamo's first TV appearances were on Richard & Judy, followed by a Channel 4 special entitled Dynamo's Estate Of Mind

In May, 2009, Dynamo levitated Little Britain comedian Matt Lucas four feet off the ground in front of a crowd at the Emirates Stadium.

In June, 2011, Dynamo was photographed apparently walking on water, crossing the River Thames on foot in front of the Palace of Westminster.

He has performed with the likes of Rio Ferdinand, Gary Neville and David Haye.

Later that year, he announced that he had joined the magicians' society the Magic Circle.

The 29-year-old had a claret and
amber bedroom growing up from as early as he can remember – two walls
claret, two amber, Bradford wallpaper and bedspread.

And he said: 'I definitely like to think I had a little in-put. My
main focus last night was the match even though I was on stage doing the
biggest show of my career. I wanted to get off stage to see Bradford.
It was all I could think about, I was willing my team to win.

'I'd like to think Thomas Vermaelen missing that penalty could've been
something to do with me. I'm going to give Bradford the credit they
deserve but I was thinking about them.

'I was invited as a guest of honour,
to walk out on the pitch before the match, and I tried to get my manager
to change my schedule but he said if it was any other event he would
but not this one.'

They
were considering taking a helicopter to make it to the match but the
clash with an annual show at Claridge's Hotel – whose speakers and
performers have included Will and Kate last year and Diana back in 1992 –
made it impossible. But everything in the diary will be shifted if they
make it to the final at Wembley.

The League Two side have won nine penalty shootouts in the past three
years – mysteriously coinciding with the years the Bradford magician has
risen to become a huge performer.

That's magic! Bradford celebrate dramatic victory over Arsenal

That's magic! Bradford celebrate dramatic victory over Arsenal

Trick shots

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And Dynamo, real name Steven Frayne, added: ' 'If you check the dates it's probably on a par. If we get to the final and you see any crazy things happening with the ball, that was me.'

Even though he was performing on stage he had an assistant at the side flashing up how the match was going. He had an Arsenal fan friend in the back row and could tell there was a late equaliser when their mood instantly changed.

He will be back in Bradford on Saturday to share in the celebrations – but admitted there is one down side to it all: 'The only thing is this does mean it is going to be more expensive to live my dream to own them one day. But it just means I've got to work harder.'

Keep an eye on Bradford, the magic of the cup means something completely different to them.

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Tottenham 3 West Ham 1: match report

Tottenham 3 West Ham 1: Defoe hits back with double to defeat the boo boys

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00:00 GMT, 26 November 2012

It is almost nine years since Jermain Defoe left West Ham United, but football fans do not forget. The Tottenham striker was taunted mercilessly by those in claret and blue. His response was emphatic.

Defoe scored two goals — the first a quite superb individual effort — and was booked, then flirted with a second yellow card in a 3-1 win Tottenham so desperately needed. It was impossible to ignore him, never mind forget him.

In the absence of Emmanuel Adebayor, suspended after being sent off against Arsenal last weekend, and against the team with which the self-described ‘East End boy’ grew up, Defoe scored the opening goal and Spurs never looked back.

Scores when he wants: Jermain Defoe celebrates helping Tottenham to victory

Scores when he wants: Jermain Defoe celebrates helping Tottenham to victory

Match facts

Tottenham: Lloris, Walker, Dawson, Caulker, Vertonghen, Huddlestone, Sandro (Livermore 86), Lennon (Dembele 79), Dempsey, Bale, Defoe (Sigurdsson 90).

Subs Not Used: Friedel, Gallas, Naughton, Carroll.

Booked: Defoe.

Goals: Defoe 44, Bale 58, Defoe 64.

West Ham: Jaaskelainen, O'Brien, Tomkins, Reid, McCartney, Maiga (Jarvis 31), Diame, O'Neil (Taylor 55), Noble, Nolan (Cole 68),Carroll.

Subs Not Used: Spiegel, Collins, Demel, Moncur.

Booked: O'Brien, Noble.

Goals: Carroll 82.

Att: 36,043

Ref: Andre Marriner (W Midlands).

They were as dominant as West Ham were poor, with Gareth Bale, Aaron Lennon, Clint Dempsey and, of course, Defoe exposing the visitors’ surprising defensive fragility.

Sam Allardyce’s side were the third stingiest team in the Barclays Premier League before this game, but the manager’s ploy to defend deep and try to nick a goal was ruined by Defoe’s stunning 44th-minute strike.

Bale then added a second after a delicious chipped ball from Dempsey before Defoe scored the third, profiting from an explosive run from Lennon.

Andy Carroll opened his West Ham account late on — the striker’s first goal in 15 games — but it was nothing more than a consolation; an aside to mar the exuberant, and somewhat relieved, celebrations of the Tottenham bench.

Assistant coach Steffen Freund’s ecstasy was perhaps a little much — ‘Sometimes we ask him if he’s taken the pill to calm down, but, when he forgets, he’s very energetic,’ joked Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas — but the hosts needed this victory.

Bullet: Jermaine Defoe rifles Tottenham in front against West Ham

Bullet: Jermaine Defoe rifles Tottenham in front against West Ham

Losing three consecutive matches invited pressure; four defeats in a row would have represented a very serious problem.

Instead, this victory moved them above West Ham into seventh place, five points shy of fourth-placed Chelsea.

‘It was extremely important to get
back to winning ways in a London derby,’ said Villas-Boas. ‘We don’t
jump a lot in terms of the table but we narrow the gap.

‘It puts third place in a better perspective and, hopefully, we can continue this run of form.’

In front: Defoe is mobbed by his team-mates after scoring Tottenham's opening goal

In front: Defoe is mobbed by his team-mates after scoring Tottenham's opening goal

Defoe, too, will hope to continue an impressive start to the season which has seen him notch 12 goals already.

He had a look of determination when he chested the ball down with seconds of the first half remaining, turning and skipping past Winston Reid and George McCartney before sending Mark Noble the wrong way and unleashing a powerful 25-yard shot into the top right-hand corner.

Defoe spun off as if to celebrate in front of the West Ham fans but was then, wisely, shepherded away. Villas-Boas said: ‘In one-on-one situations he is immense and it was decisive because it unlocked the game.

Easy does it: Gareth Bale added a second for Tottenham as they saw off West Ham

Easy does it: Gareth Bale added a second for Tottenham as they saw off West Ham

Here we go: Bale celebrates with Clint Dempsey as Tottenham climb the table

Here we go: Bale celebrates with Clint Dempsey as Tottenham climb the table

‘He’s an incredible striker. His moment of form is absolutely immense. He’s enjoying his football.

‘When we see strikers of this nature, their hunger for goals is exactly what you want and request from a striker. I couldn’t ask for any more.’

Defoe’s strike ignited a poor first half that was more notable for the disgraceful chanting in the stands than the action on the pitch. Bale had looked the most likely architect of a Tottenham goal and Lennon sent a right-foot shot wide but West Ham offered little apart from a wayward Carroll header from a Reid free-kick.

The visitors looked surprisingly off the pace, something they must now try to correct at Manchester United on Wednesday without the influential Noble, who received his fifth caution of the season and will be suspended.

Return: Fourth official Mark Clattenburg (centre) as at White Hart Lane

Return: Fourth official Mark Clattenburg (centre) as at White Hart Lane

Fourth official Mark Clattenburg

Allardyce said: ‘We were very poor, unfortunately. It looked like we were a bit overawed and I don’t know why. I didn’t expect that.

‘It shocked me, to be honest, but I’ve just got to accept it and we’ve got to get over it very, very quickly.’

Substitute Matt Jarvis brought a good save from Hugo Lloris just after the restart and the Tottenham goalkeeper, starting his third consecutive match ahead of Brad Friedel, was alert to stop the winger again after a pass from Kevin Nolan in the 56th minute. Carroll scored his goal eight minutes from time and there were late efforts from Joey O’Brien and Reid, but the visitors offered little.

At last! Andy Carroll scores his first goal for West Ham United

At last! Andy Carroll scores his first goal for West Ham United

Spurs, by contrast, were lively and energetic. Dempsey hit the bar from the edge of the box before setting up Bale, whose left-foot shot went in off the far post.

Sandro, who later left the field for Jake Livermore after suffering pain in his abdomen, then won possession on the halfway line and fed Lennon, who sprinted forward and passed Nolan before picking out Defoe to his left.

The England striker does not miss chances like those — as West Ham know all too well.

It’s now six goals for him in seven starts against the Hammers in a Tottenham shirt. Maybe he doesn’t forget, either.

David Gold and David Sullivan immortalised as West Ham gift figurines

The perfect stocking filler West Ham immortalise owners Gold and Sullivan as bobblehead figures

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15:28 GMT, 14 November 2012

It's that time of the year when kids trawl through the merchandise catalogue of their favourite club looking for stocking fillers.

But I wonder how many young West Ham fans will have these on their Christmas wish list.

The Hammers have immortalised their owners David Gold and David Sullivan as brilliant bobblehead figurines, available to buy from the club shop for 11.99 apiece.

Perfect stocking filler: West Ham have brought out these bobblehead figures of owners David Gold (left0 and David Sullivan

Perfect stocking filler: West Ham have brought out these bobblehead figures of owners David Gold (left0 and David Sullivan

Sullivan looks fetching in his trademark claret blazer and club tie, while Gold comes across a bit more reserved in a dark suit and West Ham scarf.

Both have nodding heads, meaning they always seem very compliant to Sam Allardyce's transfer requests.

The set is completed by Mark Noble, who appears in a vintage West Ham home kit.

The bobbleheads are available to buy on the club's online shop here.

Top dog: David Sullivan photographed at his home in Essex

The boss: West Ham co-owner David Gold at the recent home match with Manchester City

All smiles: West Ham owners David Sullivan and David Gold

Dunhill Links Championship: Brenden Grace praised by Ernie Els after taking four shot lead

Els tips Grace to win The Open as South African takes four shot lead into final round of Dunhill Links

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17:08 GMT, 6 October 2012

Ernie Els has lavished praise on fellow South African Branden Grace ahead of the final round of the Dunhill Links Championship at St Andrews.

Grace will take a four-stroke advantage over Dane Thorbjorn Olesen into the closing 18 holes after a three-under-par 69 at Carnoustie – much the toughest of the three courses used for the celebrity pro-am – lifted him to 20 under.

'He's good enough to win an Open – he's that good,' Els, the current Claret Jug holder, said as the 24-year-old continued to dominate an event he has led since his opening 60 at Kingsbarns on Thursday.

Out in front: Branden Grace will take a four shot lead into the final round

Out in front: Branden Grace will take a four shot lead into the final round

Even with a 65 at St Andrews Els is 12 shots adrift, but seeing another product of his Foundation blossom so spectacularly this season fills him with pride.

Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel have already won majors, and since coming through his fifth visit to the European Tour qualifying school last December, Grace has won four times and leapt inside the world's top 50 from outside the top 300.

'I remember winning the (2007) South African Open and he was top amateur,' said Els, who lost to him in a play-off for the Volvo Champions title in January.

'He's always been a quality player and he's a world contender now.'

In good form: Grace has been praised by Ernie Els

In good form: Grace has been praised by Ernie Els

He finds it no surprise that the Pretoria golfer is excelling this particular week.

'His game is so suited for links golf – he hits those low bullet drives and he can really putt,' Els said.

Grace did not have everything go his way in the third round. After a hat-trick of birdies he double-bogeyed the 472-yard 15th, but as he picked up another shot on the last Olesen double-bogeyed the 17th at Kingsbarns.

Swedes Fredrik Andersson and Alex Noren are in third spot, while Scot Stephen Gallacher, whose only Tour victory in nearly 400 starts came in this event eight years ago, produced a spectacular finish to be in the group on 14 under.

Praising his countryman: Els says Grace is good enough to win The Open

Praising his countryman: Els says Grace is good enough to win The Open

Gallacher sank a 'totally blind' 200-yard five-iron for an eagle two at Kingsbarns' 17th and then birdied the last for a 65.

Two of the three returning Ryder Cup players made the cut, but it will disappoint locals that the one to miss out was Paul Lawrie.

A 68 for three under at St Andrews was never likely to be enough for him – “I putted like an idiot,' he said afterwards – but Martin Kaymer's 69 took him to six under and Peter Hanson matched that round to squeeze through on five under.

Although Jose Maria Olazabal's four assistants – Darren Clarke, Paul McGinley, Thomas Bjorn and Miguel Angel Jimenez – all failed to make it, lone American Dustin Johnson, winner of all his three games in the Chicago defeat, is alongside Kaymer thanks to a 67.

Grace said: 'I didn't play particularly well. There were loose shots here and there, but this course mentally does it to you.

'I kept fighting, got it around and finishing with a birdie is a bonus.

'Everybody calls it 'Car-nasty' (a name given during the 1999 Open when the rough was some of the worst ever and a 19-year-old Sergio Garcia finished last on 30 over) and it showed you still have to hit good shots.

'I've dreamt of picking any trophy up on that bridge on the 18th (at St Andrews), so maybe this time tomorrow it happens.'

Paul Lambert starting to get grip of Aston Villa

Lambert starting to get a grip of Aston Villa after point at Newcastle

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21:00 GMT, 2 September 2012

Opener: Lambert salutes Clark's goal

Opener: Lambert salutes Clark's goal

January 21: the last time Aston Villa won away in the Barclays Premier League.

March 10: the last time Aston Villa won a Premier League game anywhere.

It is scarcely a wonder then that Villa avoided relegation by two points in May. Nor that they went to the North East bottom of the early table with speculation mounting after just two league games that this season relegation could be for real.

They left still not having won a Premier League game since Andreas Weimann scrambled a 90th-minute effort against Fulham. But Villa on Sunday looked like a team. Considering what has gone before, over years rather than months, Paul Lambert would take that. Villa deserved their point.

As Alan Pardew said: ‘My God, they worked hard today. I don’t think we’ll see many teams work as hard.’

It is the ultimate compliment for a manager in Lambert’s situation. The Glaswegian does not ‘do’ delighted in a skippy way, but understandably he was full of praise for his players.

In turn the small band of fans who travelled from Birmingham will be delighted with their manager. Lambert made some big calls – not least dropping Shay Given for Brad Guzan – but they paid off. Guzan made a flying save five minutes into added time at the Gallowgate End of which Given would have been proud.

Top performance: Guzan (centre) impressed in goal for Villa

Top performance: Guzan (centre) impressed in goal for Villa

It was a decision that may become an emblem of claret change. One of those away games post-January was here in February. No fewer than eight of the Villa starting XI then did not start on Sunday. There were five changes from the side who lost to Everton last week. But it all gave Villa a change of gear.

Having driven Norwich from League One to the Premier League in two seasons, Lambert spoke with disdain beforehand about players who think money is an indication of success. The word, the mantra, Lambert wants to instil at Villa is ‘hunger’. It took a while, but once the visitors settled that is what Lambert got.

In the eighth minute alone, he saw Ron Vlaar, Brett Holman and Karim El Ahmadi gain possession only to pass the ball directly to a black and white shirt. Lambert turned to the away dugout and swore loudly. It was not for the last time. Vlaar clearly sees himself as a ball-playing centre half, a concept Lambert may seek to persuade him to review.

Earful: Vlaar felt Lambert's wrath after giving the ball away

Earful: Vlaar felt Lambert's wrath after giving the ball away

Vlaar continued to get an earful, but Lambert had much else to console him. His team were displaying the required hunger and the surprise for many was that Stephen Ireland was leading the hounds in midfield. Ireland had a few games at Newcastle on loan two seasons ago and the reception he was given did not reflect affection. He was invigorated rather than bothered by this, though, and along with Holman and El Ahmadi began to harass Jonas Gutierrez and Yohan Cabaye. Suddenly Aston Villa were winning 50-50s. It is an under-rated quality.

Ireland also reminded everyone he can pass the ball with the fluency of a natural. ‘They played well technically,’ added Pardew.

Ireland knitted and shaped it all, Darren Bent outjumped defenders and Matthew Lowton, signed from League One Sheffield United, was at ease as a Premier League right back. Ciaran Clark’s headed goal was Villa’s first away since April and honest reward for the collective effort.

There were still brittle moments – Holman failed to close down Hatem Ben Arfa on the stunning equaliser – but this felt like a day when Lambert got a grip on Villa.

West Ham worried over Andy Carroll injury

Hammer blow for Carroll as Allardyce fears hamstring injury is worse than first thought

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23:03 GMT, 2 September 2012

West Ham fear Andy Carroll's hamstring injury is worse than expected. The problem showed no sign of improvement on Sunday which suggests it is 'significant'.

The Hammers were hoping Carroll would be out for just three weeks and fit to return for the home game against Sunderland on September 22.

That now seems unlikely and he will have a complete scan on Monday.

Worry: West Ham are concerned about Andy Carroll's hamstring injury

Worry: West Ham are concerned about Andy Carroll's hamstring injury

Early exit: Carroll needed treatment before hobbling off against Fulham

Early exit: Carroll needed treatment before hobbling off against Fulham

Sam Allardyce, though, insists that once fit again, Carroll will relish being the 'big fish in a small pond' at Upton Park.

That seems an odd statement to make
about the most expensive British footballer – you would expect a player
who cost 35million to be a dominant figure in any team.

But Carroll often seemed overwhelmed
at Liverpool and had been on the margins of the first team, especially
since the new manager came in.

Despite being seemingly unwanted at
Liverpool, Allardyce revealed that Carroll was not keen to swap Anfield
for Upton Park, saying: 'He didn't want to leave, but he had to accept
that Brendan Rodgers wanted to go down a different route, which every
manager's entitled to.

'We're not as big a club as Liverpool but Andy can come and play first-team football in the Premier League.'

He certainly relished being the big
fish on Saturday. He made a dream start to his Claret-and-blue debut,
flicking the ball on for Ricardo Vaz Te to set up Kevin Nolan to score
after 53 seconds of the 3-0 win over Fulham.

Carroll also unsettled the visiting
defence in the build-up to Matt Taylor's third goal, which came after
Winston Reid's header. Carroll benefits from an arm round the shoulder
and he was shown a lot of love before, during and after the match.

The crowd were singing his name
prior to kick-off, his team-mates appreciated his efforts and encouraged
him, and Allardyce sang his praises in interviews.

According to Gary Lineker on Match of the Day, Carroll was a 'square peg in a square hole' at Liverpool.

West Ham will play to his strengths, showcased in his bullying of Brede Hangeland.

The bigger they are the harder they fall: Carroll hit the deck after colliding with Brede Hangeland

The bigger they are the harder they fall: Carroll hit the deck after colliding with Brede Hangeland

The downside was the injury in the 68th minute, which meant he had to pull out of the England squad.

Allardyce knows how important
Carroll's international career is to him, saying: 'Andy had to accept he
had to move to make sure of first-team football.

It's all right saying he's going to
sit on the bench at Liverpool but he'd lose his England place.' If he is
going to stay in the England frame he will have to play consistently
and score. Should this happen, West Ham will be in a healthy position.

Allardyce acknowledged this, adding:
'If Andy scores between 10 and 15 goals, it is going to give us a great
chance to be out of the relegation zone. If he gets 15-20, we can get
in the top 10.'

To do this, he will need supply.

The likes of Taylor will be
important, therefore, and the midfielder is looking forward to providing
the ammunition for Carroll.

Taylor said: 'He is good on the ball.
When he flicks it on he doesn't do it aimlessly – he tries to pick
people out. He's very good on the floor, strong, quick. Unplayable, the
manager said.'

From unwanted to unplayable in the space of a few days. If Carroll carries on like this, he could prove quite a catch.

No holding back: Carroll and Hangeland come together at Upton Park

No holding back: Carroll and Hangeland come together at Upton Park

Unfortunate: Carroll was due to be subbed just before he picked up his injury

Unfortunate: Carroll was due to be subbed just before he picked up his injury

The Open 2012: Ernie Els wins ahead of Adam Scott

Easy does it! Els wins second Open title after taking advantage of Scott collapse

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18:11 GMT, 22 July 2012

Ten years on from his last major victory Ernie Els became Open champion again – and could hardly believe it.

The 42-year-old South African, same age as last year's winner Darren Clarke, triumphed after Adam Scott suffered a nightmare collapse over Royal Lytham's closing stretch.

Scott, chasing his first major, looked all set to become the first Australian to hold the Claret Jug aloft since Greg Norman in 1993 when he led by four shots with only four holes to play.

Big Easy: Ernie Els celebrates winning The Open Championship after a thrilling finish to the event

Big Easy: Ernie Els celebrates winning The Open Championship after a thrilling finish to the event

Ernie Els of South Africa celebrates with his caddie Ricci Roberts after a birdie putt on the 18th green

But he bogeyed them all and Els, having made a 15-foot birdie putt on the final green 20 minutes earlier, suddenly found himself with a fourth major title without even having to go into a play-off.

As Nick Faldo said: 'Well done Ernie Els, but Adam Scott is going to be scarred for life.'

Els commented: 'I'm just all numb at the moment. He's a great friend of mine. Obviously we both wanted to win very badly for different reasons and I really feel for him.

'It's the nature of the beast. That's why we are out here. You win, you lose and it was my time.

'I
was hoping at best play-off. When I was on the 17th green he was on the
16th tee and, as we all know, it's not the hardest hole.'

Scott, whose caddie Steve Williams
won 13 majors with Tiger Woods, had allowed the gap to come down to two
by failing to get up and down from a bunker on the 15th.

Dejected: Scott had a four-shot lead overnight but was unable to convert that into victory

Dejected: Scott had a four-shot lead overnight but was unable to convert that into victory

Adam Scott of Australia gestures on the 9th green during his final round on day four of the 2012 British Open

He then three-putted the next and
while playing the 17th would certainly have heard the roar – the loudest
of the week – for Els's last green putt for a 68 and seven-under-par
aggregate of 273.

The 'Big
Easy', second at Lytham in 1996 and third in 2001, almost resigned
himself to another near-miss. But things were about to change far more
than he anticipated.

Scott
pulled his approach into the rough, and when he drove into more sand
down the last and had to hack out, Els had one hand on the trophy.

His Presidents Cup team-mate played a
superb third to eight feet, but the par putt to force extra holes was
pulled wide and that was that.

Having stood 11 under earlier in the day, he signed for a 75 and six under.

Woods,
who also finished poorly in addition to taking a triple bogey, tied for
third with fellow American Brandt Snedeker three shots further back,
while Scott's playing partner Graeme McDowell ended up fifth with world
number one Luke Donald.

Struggles: Tiger Woods failed to mount a challenge as he battled with the conditionsQ

Struggles: Tiger Woods failed to mount a challenge as he battled with the conditions

Struggles: Tiger Woods failed to mount a challenge as he battled with the conditions

In his winner's speech Els told the
crowd: 'I had a lot of support this week. But you guys have got to ask
yourselves the question were you just being nice to me or did you
actually believe I could win'.

Many thought his best days were long behind him and he did not even qualify for The Masters in April.

Scott retained his composure admirably, but must have been devastated inside.

'I'm pretty disappointed,' he said. 'I had it in my hands and managed to hit a poor shot at each of the closing four holes.

'I'm very, very disappointed, but I played so beautifully for most of the week I certainly should not let this get me down.

'Surprisingly I was incredibly calm and I still am. I thought I could roll that last putt in, but I didn't and that's golf.'

Up against it: Graeme McDowell was well placed to challenge for the title but faded out of contention

Up against it: Graeme McDowell was well placed to challenge for the title but faded out of contention

Scott was on the verge of becoming the sport's 10th successive first-time winner in the majors, but while that has now ended another run goes on – Els is the 16th different winner in a row.

Now with two Opens to go with his two US Opens, his front nine contained bogeys at the second and ninth and not a single birdie.

That left him six back, but he hauled himself back into things with birdies at the 10th, 12th and 14th to set up the remarkable climax.

McDowell was always playing catch-up
and could not recover from bogeys at the second and sixth, the second of
those seeing him take two in the same bunker that gave Woods so many
problems.

The 14-major champion – still to add
to that tally since the 2008 US Open – almost hit himself as his first
attempt to escape came back off at him.

In contention: Luke Donald impressed during the final round but had left himself with too much to do

In contention: Luke Donald impressed during the final round but had left himself with too much to do

Officials checked the video to make sure there was no contact, but he then had to play his next crouched on the grass way above the ball.

He did wonderfully well not to leave it in again, but the ball shot across the green off the face and from there he triple-bogeyed to fall seven behind.

It was the first time he had dropped three shots on one hole in a major since he lost his opening drive at Sandwich in 2003.

The real killer blow for McDowell came with a six on the reachable long next – he lost his second in the bushes – that put him six adrift.

Woods and Els were up into joint second at that point, but the former found bunkers on the 14th, 15th and 16th and that ended his hopes.

For Els it was a different story. A very different story. An unbelievable one, in fact.

The Open 2012: Live coverage of day four

THE OPEN LIVE: All the action as it happens from the fourth round at Royal Lytham

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Welcome to Sportsmail's live coverage of The Open at Royal Lytham & St Annes.

Seve Ballesteros won the Claret Jug twice here and David Duval triumphed the last time the oldest major was played on this stretch of the Fylde coast (2001).

Tiger Woods is the bookies' favourite this week, and has put himself in contention after the opening two rounds of the tournament.

Brandt Snedeker and Adam Scott were leading the play ahead of what should be a thrilling weekend at Lytham.

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……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………Leading the way at Royal Lytham

-11 Adam Scott

-7 Graeme McDowell
Brandt Snedeker

-6 Tiger Woods

-5 Zach Johnson
Ernie Els

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2.11 Ernie on the first tee, could he roll back the years and party like it's, er, 2002 Well, that's a belter to start, the best tee shot here we've seen and has 10 feet for an opening two. Not so hot from Zach Johnson, pulled way left of the target.

2.08 Bill Haas saves par with a wobbling seven footer on the first to stay three under but Thorbjorn Olesen, so impressive yesterday alongside Woods, drops back to that score after pushing his own effort from a similar distance wide of the mark.

2.05 Atmosphere building now, Tiger coming up shortly, not too many under par but Geoff Ogilvy and Miguel Angel Jimenez both in with 67s.

Poulter has a putt from five feet for the same score on the last after rather milking the applause from the grandstands heading down the last. Never in doubt off Poulter's blade, what a putter he is. A fine round and the Hertfordshire man turned Florida resident finishes level par for the championship.

1.55 Par three start for Bubba, as a relaxed-looking Scott tells the BBC he's nervous but excited and is ready to accept whatever comes his way today. The game remains to get the ball in play off the tee, he says.

Donald gets up and down from the trap on the third. Told you he was good.

1.50 First move of the day comes from Kuchar on the second, the ever-grinning Kooch is three under now. Donald won't be smiling when he sees his ball in the bunker by the third green. The pin's tucked on the back left and the world No 1's short-sided himself. Good job he's the best sand player in the field…

Donald, give us a wave: World No 1 Luke on the first tee during day four at Royal Lytham & St. Annes

Donald, give us a wave: World No 1 Luke on the first tee during day four at Royal Lytham & St. Annes

1.46 No final flourish for Westwood, the birdie putt stubbornly staying above ground. And so another major miss draws to an end in particularly disappointing fashion, he just never got going this week. Chin up, Westy, your day will come. A 72 today and six over his final score.

1.45 Just 45 minutes until our leaders head out…

1.41 Calc and King Louis on the first tee, past Open winners both, but not troubling the flagstick. It looks accessible today but no-one's got too close so far.

Up and down for Donald on the second, belter from Westwood on the last, flighted approach spinning back towards the cup and settling 10 feet away. That's more like it, Lee.

1.40 Here's Mr Scott on handling the pressure of his overnight lead: 'I got up a little earlier than expected, but I think I slept pretty well considering.'

1.32 Westwood's week is limping to a conclusion, another bogey on the 17th after a poor approach is left well short, and a putt from miles off the green leaves him 10 feet for par, which proves too much.

1.31 US Ryder Cuppers Dustin Johnson and Matt Kuchar, at one and two under respectively, step onto the first tee. Decent shots but nothing more, 35 and 30 feet for birdies.

1.29 The wind's picked up to 20mph already and the forecast is that it will get stronger still. More evidence of how the gusts are forcing changes to tactics – Donald taking driver on the second tee. It's a belter, right down the middle.

Here's how you do it: Nicolas Colsaerts plays a shot on the 18th hole on his way to shooting 65 on Sunday

Here's how you do it: Nicolas Colsaerts plays his third shot on the 18th on his way to shooting 65 on Sunday

1.27 More omens: On this day…

2000: Tiger Woods won the Open Championship at St Andrews by eight shots. The American, who a few months earlier had won the US Open by the biggest margin in major championship history, became only the fifth player to have won all four major titles after his triumph at the home of golf.

2006: Tiger Woods won the Open Championship at Hoylake, just 11 weeks after the death of his father.

1.26 Donald for his two… nope. Stays up.

1.24 Not only is the wind picking up but the bright sunshine of the last two days in Lancashire is drying out the course and transforming Lytham back to the links we know and love. The greens are turning browner and there is noticeably more more on the hardening fairways. This is more like it.

1.20 Right, things are starting to get interesting… here's Luke Donald on the first tee needing something special, plus a bit of luck, and then some more besides to get into contention. And his first shot is a good 'un, homing in on the flagstick, today cut at the back right of the green. 20 feet left for an opening birdie.

1.15 Here's McIlroy on his tournament: 'My game hasn't been there. It was pretty good on the first day but after that I struggled and couldn't find anything. Overall, a disappointing week for me.

'When you try to force it and press things, it just doesn't work. It is hard to make up shots on this golf course.

'I will be watching Graeme McDowell this afternoon and it will be a battle for the guys out there.

'Adam Scott has to go out and protect the lead and if Graeme can plod along and pick a shot here and there, he may be able to do something.'

1.13 Brilliant from Colsaerts, the putt straight and true and proving to all those chasing Scott that a low score is possible today.

1.10 Colsaerts scrambling on the 18th to save his par after finding some hay off the tee. Plenty of Ryder Cup points to play for for the Belgian, even if he's not going to win today. Oh, and a pretty hefty cheque too. His wedge from around 100 yards is all over the flagstick and leaves him five feet for a four and a second 65 of the championship. And yet he's still not in contention. Something to do with the 77 on Friday perhaps, Nico

12.58 McDowell's mum and dad being interviewed on the BBC right now, and they're not giving up on their boy catching Scott yet. How ridiculous would it be if the claret jug returns to a small seaside town on the Antrim coast for the second successive year Still, it clearly helps a tad when you grow up playing the links at Royal Portrush. What a place. If you haven't been, go. Now.

12.48 Here's Mr O'Malley of Golf Digest again: In eight final rounds in the Open, Adam Scott has a scoring average of 73.25: 74-75-75-72-71-72-72-75.

So, Scott has never broken 70 on the final day at the Open. And some of those scores would thrown the cat right among the pigeons.

12.44 Colsaerts for birdie from 25 feet on the 16th, ball rolling up hill and down dale.. .and he makes it! The Belgian into red numbers now, five under for the day, and showing just what can be achieved round these links if you play well (just ignore his scores on Friday and Saturday, please).

12.38 Gary Player reckons that anyone on a score of two under par still has a chance of catching Scott later. Sounds a bit optimistic but who are we to argue with a three-time claret jug winner and nine-time major champion

The scores on the doors: How the leaders stand heading into the final round

The scores on the doors: How the leaders stand heading into the final round

If the great South African is to be believed, then the likes of past winners Louis Oosthuizen and Mark Calcavecchia still have a chance, as does Players' champion Matt Kuchar.

Most excitingly of all, that would also mean Bubba Waton is still in the hunt. If it blows hard then the Masters champion might not be the man to put your savings on, but if the winds stay away no-one is capable of ripping up these fairways like big ol' Bubba.

12.33 The biggest shot deficit made up on the final day to win the claret jug – and, indeed, any major – was 10, by Paul Lawrie at Carnoustie in 1999. And 10 shots just so happens to be the margin that world No 1 Luke Donald finds himself trailing by today. England's finest has just arrived at Lytham and tees off at 1.20.

12.30 Another Open Championship slips by for McIlroy, the world No 2 tapping in on the last for a 73 and an eight over total. He'll be back stronger, you can be sure of that.

12.20 Here's a an interesting stat, courtesy of Mike O'Malley of Golf Digest, that doesn't really bode well for Woods making up the five shots he needs to catch Scott: Tiger has a final-round scoring average of 70.64 in the Open (first two as an amateur): 78-70-74-66-74-69-71-65-71-72-70-67-70-72.

And here's an even better one from Doug Ferguson of the Associated Press on some of Snedeker's past PGA Tour wins: Snedeker came from 7 behind on last day to win this year. 6 behind to win last year. 5 behind to win his first event. He's 4 behind today.

12.10 Aussie John Senden has shown his fellow countryman at the top of the leaderboard how it should be done with the low round of the day so far, a two-under 68. That score should see Scott win by a mile. But will it be possible in the winds forecasted later If you're looking for omens then how about Scott's past Open record: only one previous top-10.

The damp and calm conditions have made this an unusual Open, turning the links into more parkland conditions. But can Scott hack it when the going gets tough and Lytham bares its teeth

11.55 But that's enough of the doom and gloom. How about a few reasons to be cheerful Ian Poulter is one, the Englishman two under through eight this morning but too far back to challenge on one over par. Miguel Angel Jimenez and Jim Furyk are on the same scores for both round and championship through nine and seven holes respectively.

And what a funny old tournament it's been for Belgian bomber Nicolas Colsaerts. An opening day 65 was followed by an abject 77, then a 72, and now he's four under par through 12 holes of his final round and sitting on level par overall.

11.50 A few other scores of note today: Tom Watson managed 73 for a 12 over total, the same fourth-round score as local lad Lee Slattery, who ends the championship on nine over.

Early bird: Rory McIlroy hits his tee shot on the third hole during the final round

Early bird: Rory McIlroy hits his tee shot on the third hole during the final round

Rory McIlroy is 15 holes through his final round and currently sits two over for the day and seven over in total, another disappointing major for the Northern Irishman. Likewise for Lee Westwood, who is one over through nine holes and five over for a desperately deflating Open challenge.

11.45 A few players' tournaments have already come to an end after starting early this morning. One of them is Argentina's Andres Romero, who had a familiar face on his bag today: Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez. So, did the Premier League star inspire his mate to great things. Erm, well, no actually. Romero could only shoot an 82 and now props up the field on 18 over par.

11.35 The real action gets underway in a few hours' time, with Scott and McDowell teeing off at 2.30. Woods and Brandt Snedeker, who collapsed while leading to shoot a 73 yesterday, head onto the links 10 minutes before that, while Ernie Else and Zach Johnson are the pairing at 2.10. A full list of tee times can be seen by clicking the link at the top of this article.

Some help: Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez caddied for Andres Romero, who shot 82 on Sunday

Some help: Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez caddied for Andres Romero, who shot 82 on Sunday

11.25 And what of McDowell's chances The man from Portrush has proved he can handle that unique pressure that comes with leading majors on a Sunday and, as anyone in the Usk Valley nearly two years ago will testify, he proved he can handle even the pressure of an entire continent by holing the winning putt for Europe in the Ryder Cup.

His game is in fine shape too, this being the second consecutive major in which he has played in the final pairing in the fourth round following his close call at the US Open in San Francisco last month.

And anyone growing up on the links at Portrush must learn how to play in a gale, so a stiff breeze on the Fylde coast won't faze him one bit.

11.15: So, can Adam Scott hold on and claim his maiden major championship at the biggest one of them all The answer, my friends, is blowing in the wind.

That's because the forecast for this afternoon is for gusts of up to 25mph, and wind that strong can blow anyone off course, no matter how well they've played for three rounds in the most benign of Open Championship conditions.

And, of course, this is all new to Scott, who has never led a major heading into Sunday. So it remains to be seen how he handles that unique pressure.

Despite a Scott leading the Open after 54 holes, the British challenge has been rather disappointing this week. That said, Graeme McDowell is flying the flag for Northern Ireland and remains the man most likely to catch the Aussie, particularly if the conditions change as forecasted.

Oh, and there also happen to be a certain chap by the name of Tiger Woods just one shot further back. And if Tiger's in contention on the final day of a major, you can be sure that whoever beats him must fight until the very last putt hits the cup.

Looking good: Adam Scott takes a four-shot lead into the final round of the 141st Open Championship

Looking good: Adam Scott takes a four-shot lead into the final round of the 141st Open Championship