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Golf Australia Express : July 2013 - THE OPEN
I T’S ONE OF THE MOST MEMORABLE SPORTING QUOTES OF ALL TIME. It came from a vanquished man—decades earlier an almost certain champion— unable to hide the acute devastation that comes with losing the unloseable. Doug Sanders should have his name etched into the books as the winner of the 1970 Open Championship. Just 74 yards from the pin at the 18th hole and with three shots up his sleeve, Sanders took four, then lost an 18-hole playoff against Jack Nicklaus the next day. Years after his career ended, he was asked if he still thought about the putt that cost him the Open and a place among golfing royalty. “Not really, buddy,” he said. “Sometimes I go a whole 10 minutes without thinking about it.” Some golf pundits will tell you Adam Scott’s choking demons from last year’s Open were exorcised after his US Masters triumph earlier this year. And there’s no doubt the likeable Queenslander won a world of fans and the requisite respect after bouncing back from his runner-up finish at the 2011 Masters to claim his maiden major title at Augusta two years later. But as Scott steps onto the 1st tee at Muirfield later this month, there’s every chance the haunting memory of his loss at the same event 12 months earlier will permeate somewhere near the surface of his famously calm façade. Britain’s biggest tournament spawns a different breed of internal monster—one that will “I’m really looking forward to going back and trying to get myself in a similar kind of situation, a chance to win the Open." COVER
June 2013-US OPEN
August 2013 - PGA Championship