It’s been only 4 days since the British Open and I still can’t figure out whether I enjoyed watching it or not. I’ve heard some people say it was the best open championship in a long time but I have to disagree. I for one didn’t enjoy seeing most of the players (especially TW) hitting irons off the tee every hole and only a few drivers. It was also tough to watch a guy that outplayed the field for 68 holes to lose it at the end. I am not a big fan of Adam Scott or Ernie Els but I didn’t mind seeing either of them be the champion. I guess I would have loved to see someone earn it at the end instead of someone losing it to another player. Many analysts are comparing this debacle to Jean Van de velde collapse on the last hole in the 99 open championship. The only difference is this was a slow leak of 4 holes instead of 1 hole. Same or different? Regardless, as I recap the final four holes, I can’t help but think about the past Stevie Williams behavior that has been highly publisized……..the interview after Adams win at the WGC……….and now the smug smile that he had after the birdie on the 14th when the tournament seemed to be over. Heck, I thought he was going to take his caddy bib off right then and there as he is apt to do on the 18th before the other players have putted out.
So my question is this: Since so many analysts and so-called experts are giving Steve Williams so much credit for Adam Scott’s success, shouldn’t he be part of the blame for one of the biggest collapses in Open history? Aside from the missed short putt on the 16th, You can see how anyone could hit a long iron in the bunker on the 15th and not get it up and down and pull a 6 iron that goes long and left into the hay on the 17th and make bogey……….My BIG PROBLEM that I am struggling with is the decision to hit 3 wood off the tee on the 18th. This has to fall partially on Stevie, right? He had two choices in my opinion. Hit driver to take the bunkers out of play and just contend with the rough (He was striping his driver all day). This would be playing To Win as most of the players, including Els, were hitting short irons into the green or 2) Hit iron off the tee and play short of the bunkers and hit a long iron on the green which would still get you into a playoff. The fact that 3 wood brought the bunkers into play made NO SENSE! to me. I would be curious to know what club he hit off of that tee in the first 3 rounds. Was this his plan or did it deviate under the pressure of the tournament. Would love to know what you guys think or am I way off base here? Leave your comments below and don’t be afraid to use the buttons to share this semi-rant. Adam Scott will recover from this as he is a great player and is young enough to have a chance to contend in many more majors. Only time will tell.