Els charges, putting heat on Scott at British Open

PAUL NEWBERRY
Associated Press
Tiger Woods of the United States checks his scorecard on the second green at Royal Lytham & St Annes golf club during the final round of the British Open Golf Championship, Lytham St Annes, England Sunday, July  22, 2012. (AP Photo/Jon Super)
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Tiger Woods of the United States checks his scorecard on the second green at Royal Lytham & St Annes golf club during the final round of the British Open Golf Championship, Lytham St Annes, England Sunday, July 22, 2012. (AP Photo/Jon Super)

LYTHAM ST. ANNES, England (AP) — Ernie Els has made a late change at the British Open, shooting a 2-under 68 that sends him to the clubhouse just one stroke behind leader Adam Scott during a final round when most of the other contenders faded away.

Els rolled in a 15-foot birdie putt at the 72nd hole to put the pressure on Scott, who appeared to have it all wrapped up when he made a birdie at the 14th to push his score to 10 under.

But Scott followed with back-to-back bogeys, missing a 3-footer at the 16th that opened the door for Els. The three-time major champion rolled in his birdie for a 7-under 273, then went to the practice range in case his score was good enough for a playoff.