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Golf Australia Express : Issue 46
No controversial penalty either. In the words of an adulterer caught in the act, ‘it just happened’. The look on Scott’s face after tapping in one shot shy at the 18th was no doubt mirrored across a bleary-eyed nation. “Wow,” he mouthed to himself. What just happened? We all felt the same. Numb. “It came down to not making a couple of putts in the last four holes. But I was quite calm. Even in the last few holes, I didn’t really feel it was a case of nerves,” Scott said. “I probably spent all my nerves over the 24 hours leading up to play today. Once I was out there, I was completely in control. For me, it all comes down to the shot into 17. That’s what I’m most disappointed with. Yes, I heard the roar from 18 when Ernie sank his putt. But I felt I had everything under control.” BUT WHILE INCREDIBLY heartbreaking for the Aussie, calling his performance a choke—as many others in the mainstream media have done—seems equally unfair and disrespectful. (But hey, what else would you expect from the sensationalist, beat-up brigade?) Scotty is not a choker. Period. This is a guy who before The Open had won six of eight PGA Tour events when the 54-hole leader. In terms of gagging, Scott only really made one unforgivable blunder—a careless miss from three feet at the 16th to card his first three-putt and a second consecutive bogey. While he admitted his approach at 17 wasn’t his best stripe of the week, it wasn’t far off being good either. That’s golf, a true game of inches. And it's here his caddie Steve Williams needs to take some of the blame. But we'll get to that shortly... REGARDLESS OF THE label you choose to give it, Scott will no doubt now have a real inner battle to overcome. The mental side of golf is often the most difficult to tame and we know the sport is littered with names of players who’ve succumbed to the wilderness after living through such an episode. “Hopefully I can let it go really quick. We’ll see. I’ve never really been in this position.” With the amount of talent Scotty possesses and the calm nature and graceful manner in which he conducts himself on and off course, it’s unlikely we’ve heard the last of Adam Scott. Will this Open collapse be the end of his story or the beginning of a nicer ‘C’ word—comeback? We’d like to believe it’s the latter. OTG There was no unexpected hole-out from an opponent. No controversial penalty either. In the words of an adulterer caught in the act, 'it just happened'. TELL US YOUR THOUGHTS
Issue 45—The British Open