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Golf Australia Express : Issue 46
THE ‘C’ WORD. It’s arguably the worst one to hear as a sportsman. Even worse to hear directed at you if you’re a golfer. Worse still if you’re an Australian golfer. Choke. It’s a horrible word and we’ve got Greg Norman to blame for that. After his shock loss at the British Open on Sunday, Adam Scott will unfortunately have to field questions about following in the wrong footsteps of his childhood idol, Norman, for some time to come. In many eyes, Scotty choked. Big time. How else can you explain such a huge swing at the death of the tournament? Media outlets the world over immediately began to compare Scott’s loss to that of the most infamous Norman choke at the 1996 Masters. ‘Whose was worse?’, they asked derisively. Sure, on paper it looked horrible: Four bogeys over the final four holes to relinquish the claret jug after years of being tagged with the best swing in golf. But for those watching the conclusion at Royal Lytham on Monday morning in Australia, Scott’s British Open collapse was a long way from that of Frenchman Jean van de Velde at Carnoustie in 1999. It was not like Phil Mickelson at Winged Foot in 2006. And it was nowhere near Norman’s implosion at the ’96 Masters. This was not a drama-filled finish with a shank, duff or overzealous club selection. There was no unexpected hole-out from an opponent. SCOTTY A CHOKER? PHHLEASE... Calling Adam Scott’s collapse at The Open a ‘choke’ is incredibly unfair to the Australian. It undermines the level of choking that true chokers really choke at, writes Damian Shutie.
Issue 45—The British Open