Through 68 holes of the British Open Championship, the story seemed to be, "Where will this victory put Adam Scott’s career?" He was about to become just the third player in history to win a Players Championship, a World Golf Championship and a major.
Then, beginning on the 15th hole, one of the greatest collapses in major history unfolded before our eyes. Unlike Rory McIlroy’s undoing at the 10th hole at Augusta in 2011, this was not the case of one bad hole doing him in. It was a slow painful death that may leave Scott unable to reach this point again.
Meanwhile, the eventual champion, Ernie Els, captured his fourth major championship and second British Open. He has now won majors in three different decades, and unfortunately he is not the reason this open will be remembered.
Let’s look at the seven most memorable story lines coming out of this year’s British Open.