Not this time.

Tiger Woods had navigated the par-4 sixth hole at Royal Lytham better than anyone during the first three rounds of the 2012 British Open. Woods had birdied the hole in his first three visits, even sinking a 60-foot putt on Saturday.

When he could have used a birdie most, however, No. 6 took back everything. Woods began the fourth round at the Open Championship five shots behind leader Adam Scott, who got off to a rough start on Sunday as he looked for his first major tournament win of his career. If Woods could continue his domination of sixth hole then perhaps he could add a career first of his own to his resume: He has yet to come from behind on Sunday to win a major.

Not this time.

After getting his ball into the fairway off the tee, Woods' second shot found the bunker. Perhaps bolstered by his amazing chip out of the bunker on 18 on Friday, Woods was set to work in the sand. After failing to get the ball out with his first attempt, he practically got on his knees to get a better -- albeit unconventional -- angle for his fourth stroke. Finally lifting the ball out onto the green, Woods left his long putt for bogey a few feet short. After missing a close 4-foot putt for double bogey, he tapped in for triple.


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Side note: Tiger's triple bogey at No. 6 was his first in a major since the 2003 Open Championship.

Even with Scott not playing with the consistency of previous rounds, Woods' hopes were dashed by his debacle on the sixth hole. Of course, Woods would turn out to be the least of Scott's concerns. Closing the day with a string of four straight bogeys, Scott was overtaken by Ernie Els on the back nine. Needing to make a 7-foot putt for par on 18 just to force a playoff, Scott rolled his shot just beyond the cup.

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  • Ernie Els Wins British Open

    Adam Scott of Australia reacts after missing a putt on the third 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.

  • Ernie Els Wins British Open

    Ernie Els of South Africa misses a putt on the fourth 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.

  • Ernie Els Wins British Open

    Adam Scott of Australia hits a shot out of bunker on the sixth hole 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.

  • Ernie Els Wins British Open

    Ernie Els of South Africa plays a shot on the third fairway 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.

  • Ernie Els Wins British Open

    Adam Scott of Australia reacts after missing a putt on the 13th 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.

  • Ernie Els Wins British Open

    Ernie Els of South Africa plays a shot off the seventh tee 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.

  • Ernie Els Wins British Open

    Ernie Els of South Africa putts on the 18th green to finish his round 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.

  • Ernie Els Wins British Open

    Ernie Els of South Africa celebrates with his caddie Ricci Roberts after a birdie putt on the 18th green during the final round of the 141st Open Championship at Royal Lytham & St. Annes Golf Club on July 22, 2012 in Lytham St Annes, England.

  • Ernie Els Wins British Open

    Ernie Els of South Africa tosses his golf ball to the gallery after a birdie putt on the 18th green during the final round of the 141st Open Championship at Royal Lytham & St. Annes Golf Club on July 22, 2012 in Lytham St Annes, England.

  • Ernie Els Wins British Open

    Ernie Els of South Africa reacts after putting on the 18 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.

  • Ernie Els Wins British Open

    Winner of the British Open Golf Championship Ernie Els of South Africa reacts on the 18th green after his final round at Royal Lytham & St Annes golf club, Lytham St Annes, England Sunday, July 22, 2012.

  • Ernie Els Wins British Open

    Winner of the British Open Golf Championship Ernie Els of South Africa reacts on the 18th green after his final round, at Royal Lytham & St Annes golf club, Lytham St Annes, England Sunday, July 22, 2012.

  • Ernie Els Wins British Open

    Winner of the British Open Golf Championship Ernie Els of South Africa reacts on the 18th green after his final round, at Royal Lytham & St Annes golf club, Lytham St Annes, England Sunday, July 22, 2012.

  • Ernie Els Wins British Open

    Adam Scott of Australia reacts after missing a putt on the 18th 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.

  • Ernie Els Wins British Open

    Ernie Els of South Africa holds the Claret Jug trophy after winning the British Open Golf Championship, and shakes hands with Adam Scott of Australia at Royal Lytham & St Annes golf club, Lytham St Annes, England Sunday, July 22, 2012.

  • Ernie Els Wins British Open

    Ernie Els of South Africa holds the Claret Jug trophy after winning the British Open Golf Championship, and stands with Adam Scott of Australia at Royal Lytham & St Annes golf club, Lytham St Annes, England Sunday, July 22, 2012.

  • Ernie Els Wins British Open

    Ernie Els of South Africa gives his winners speech after winning the 2012 British Open Golf Championship at Royal Lytham and St Annes in Lytham, north-west England, on July 22, 2012. Els won the championship with a score of 273, one shot clear of Adam Scott of Australia.

  • Ernie Els Wins British Open

    Ernie Els of South Africa holds the Claret Jug, 'The Golf Champion Trophy' after winning the 2012 British Open Golf Championship at Royal Lytham and St Annes in Lytham, north-west England, on July 22, 2012. Els won the championship with a score of 273, one shot clear of Adam Scott of Australia.