It would seem Adam Scott found the absolute worse time to climb aboard the proverbial bogey train. He relinquished his lead on the 72nd hole and never had a chance to reclaim it. Some are already calling it one of the worse collapses in golf and many more prefer to use the choke word. Perhaps the person closest to the situation has the best perspective of what took place. “He struggled on the greens a little bit today, as we all did,” said his playing partner, Graeme McDowell afterwards. “The putt on 16 was huge for him, to miss that. He hit a great drive down the middle of 17, and half of England right of that pin, and he missed it left. 18 is a tough tee shot, let's be honest,” he continued. “On 16, when he hit his putt up, I said, good putt. And he didn't respond. And it was, it was kind of one of those, he had
left himself a bit of a knee-knocker. He played good, he really did. He hit some quality golf shots. I honestly thought when he striped it down the middle of 14, striped it down the middle of 15, this guy is going to win this and win it nicely. Little did I know,” McDowell continued. “ Ernie Els shot 32 to overcome us and win this, but he's also been handed it, as well. But like I say, I felt Adam's name was on the trophy, I really did.”
Brandt Snedeker shared some of his insight on the subject as he experienced some of what Scott went through in the third round. “I didn't see what happened with Adam coming in. I played with him on Saturday and he played beautifully, and I really thought it was going to be a coronation for him on Sunday, to be honest with you,” he began. “But that being said, when we get out there on Sunday, the wind was tough. It was a cross wind all day on every hole, which is the hardest wind there by far, and the rough was so thick that you could see no lead was safe. Tiger and I were walking down 11 and we were both 4-under par I think at that point. We both said the same thing, if we get to 7-under par, we have a chance to win the golf tournament. That was knowing full well Adam was 11 or 10-under at that point. We didn't know how right we were when we said that, but that's kind of what we were thinking. It was kind of one of those things where the pressure does mount; it does kind of snowballs. You get the feeling where you can't stop it. I got into it on Saturday where I bogeyed four or five out of six holes. Not a fun feeling. It feels terrible, and you're trying to do everything to fight it, and it just keeps getting worse and I know that's probably what Adam went through on Sunday. You never want to see that happen to anybody,” Snedeker said.
Scott made a total of four bogeys in the first three rounds and opened the fourth making two more in his first three holes. He added another on the 6th before his the four-hole stretch that sealed his fate.
The Open Championship will most likely be remembered as a tournament of two players, Els and Scott, versus the rest of the field that also slugged it out for the Claret Jug. “I'm disappointed, yes. But I'm fine. I guess my disappointment kind of seems relatively stupid in relation. I've just seen a guy lose The Open Championship,” McDowell said to himself out loud. “Well, it's happened to all of us at one point or another. We've all been in positions to win golf tournaments and sometimes people go ahead and win them and take them away from you, other times we make mistakes. And that's just the way it goes,” said Tiger Woods who played behind Els and in front of Scott. “I mean, what can you say? It was tough to say anything to him that was going to be of any relevance,” McDowell said. “I said he's a great champion and I said there's many majors ahead for him. It's just a tough beat.”
Els offered his perspective on the finish. “This game is a tough game we play. It's a physical game. It's a mental game. You've got to have your wits with you, otherwise you have a missing link and it doesn't quite all come together,” he stated. “So to play the game as long as I have, for 23 years now as a professional, you're bound to go through every emotion out there and most of the things happen to you. As I said before, I've done what Adam has done before. Just about everything that can happen in the game of golf, I've gone through.” He added, “Obviously I'm so happy that I've won. 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. I think Adam is a little bit different than I am. I did see him afterwards in the scorer's hut and he seemed okay. I really said to him, I'm sorry how things turned out. I told him that I've been there many times and you've just got to bounce back quickly. Don't let this thing linger. I feel for him. But thankfully he's young enough. He's 32 years old. He's got the next 10 years that he can win more than I've won. I've won four now; I think he can win more than that.”