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Golf Australia Express : Issue 46
1. CLUB SELECTION: At the 16th hole and coming off a bogey, Scott hits an iron off the tee. His then hits a wedge long, settling at the back portion of the green which led to a second consecutive bogey. Quite simply, Williams put the wrong club in Scott’s hand on the approach. Arguably twice on the same hole. 2. GREEN READING: Williams is a great reader of greens. He once famously overruled Tiger Woods on a crucial putt only to see it drop. But on Sunday he sat back and watched as Scott continually misread putts—including the final one on 18. If he’s as good a caddie as he says he is, you’d expect him to speak up. 3. COMPOSURE: Despite Williams having ‘never choked’ in a big event, he appeared rattled during the final stretch at Lytham. With Williams carrying his head low and looking unsure nearing the end, the dynamic between the two was weird to say the least. Couldn't have been filling Scotty with confidence, either. PUT ME DOWN FOR FIVE...(mistakes) 4. ENERGY: Having dropped three shots in as many holes, Scott still appeared calm and focused and was flushing his irons purely. For such an experienced campaigner as Williams, he should have read the situation better and fed off and pumped up Scott's positive energy. Instead he stood there like a deer caught in headlights waiting to get run over. 5. FINAL TEE: This was the biggest mistake of them all. Needing a birdie to win and a par to force a playoff, Scott hits a 3-wood of the tee that ends up against the wall of a fairway bunker, forcing him to hit his second shot sideways. Had Scott hit driver at the 18th the bunkers were not in play. An iron would also have been a safer option. It was a crucial mistake and one that lies with the experienced caddie. Scott's subsequent approach was also hit purely, yet pulled up a club short. Nice one Stevie. OTG TELL US YOUR THOUGHTS
Issue 45—The British Open