SI’s Best From 2012 British Open

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On Sunday at Royal Lytham and St. Annes, Ernie Els won his second British Open 10 years after he won his first. It was a wild week on the northwest coast of England, and Sports Illustrated's photographers were there every step of the way. Here are their best shots from Open week.
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A young fan worked on his swing during Wednesday's practice round.
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K.J. Choi during a practice round on Wednesday.
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Englishman Luke Donald was a fan favorite.
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Rory McIlory signed his glove after hitting this fan with a drive on Thursday. McIlroy also paid for the fan's hotel room and a dinner.
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On Thursday, Phil Mickelson's shot out of this fairway bunker on No. 8 plugged in gnarly rough. It took a search party to find it.
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The weather was fair for most of this open, but Geoff Olgivy endured a little rain on Thursday.
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When the weather turned chilly on Thursday, Mickelson played with two gloves.
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Tiger Woods played out of trouble Thursday on the way to a three-under 67.
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Amateur Alan Dunbar failed to make the cut.
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Keegan Bradley on Thursday.
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Matt Kuchar during his opening round.
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Ernie Els, the eventual champion, during the first round on Thursday.
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Sergio Garcia was not happy with his performance on Thursday. He failed to make the cut.
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Luke Donald during the second round on Friday.
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McIlroy at the 14th tee on Friday. He made the cut but never contended.
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Brandt Snedeker had a one-shot lead after Friday's round.
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Mickelson headed home after a missed cut on Friday.
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Els made three birdies during the third round on Saturday.
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Thorbjorn Olesen, who played with Woods in the third round, took an awkward stance on Saturday.
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Woods made three birdies on Saturday.
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Olesen shot a one-over-par 71 on Saturday.
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Woods on the 18th green Saturday.
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Woods shot even par in the third round.
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Adam Scott started the final round with a four-shot lead.
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Woods on the fifth tee Sunday.
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Adam Scott on the 18th green Sunday.
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Scott missed a par putt on 18 to tie Els.
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He finished second with a final-round score of five-over 75.
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Els last won the Open in 2002. He also won the U.S. Open in '94 and '97. "Obviously I'm so happy that I've won," he said. "But I've been on the other end more times than I've actually been on the winning end, so to speak. And it's not a good feeling."