GOLF - Ernie Els is the winner of the 2012 British Open, following a dramatic meltdown on the last four holes by leader Adam Scott. Els’s victory ended a run of nine successive Majors that had featured first time Major winners. For Els, it was his fourth career Major and his first in 10 years, after winning the Claret Jug in 2002.
All six players that had to wait 10+ years for another Major victory responded by winning the same Major they had most recently won.
Most years separating successive Major victories by one player
11 - Henry Cotton (1937 British Open - 1948 British Open)
11 - Julius Boros (1952 US Open - 1963 US Open)
11 - Hale Irwin (1979 US Open - 1990 US Open)
11 - Ben Crenshaw (1984 US Masters - 1995 US Masters)
10 - Lee Trevino (1974 US Open - 1984 US Open)
10 - Ernie Els (2002 British Open - 2012 British Open)