The 2013 British Open provided the world with overwhelming thrills, as Phil Mickelson shocked the world with an extraordinary final round of 66 to win his first career Open Championship. While Mickelson may have captured our hearts, there were just as many golfers who underwhelmed.
The question is, what were the most disappointing final-round performances of the 2013 British Open?
Certain golfers entered the day in position to make a run at the title but struggled to piece together the rounds necessary to close in on the gold. Others were in control of their own destiny but collapsed down the closing stretch.
One way or another, the following golfers disappointed during the closing round of the 2013 Open Championship.
Round 1: 71 (E)
Round 2: 72 (+1)
Round 3: 70 (-1)
Round 4: 72 (+1)
Final: 285 (+1)
On the surface, Adam Scott's fourth-round performance wasn't too disappointing. He shot a one-over 72, remained in contention late in the tournament and finished in a tie for third at one-over for the event.
With a closer look, it's clear that Scott had the worst collapse of all.
Scott was sitting at two-under entering the 13th hole, running neck-and-neck with Mickelson. Over the next four holes, Scott experienced one of the worst collapses in recent history.
Four straight bogeys and elimination from contention.
After hitting for birdie on four of his five holes from 7 to 11, Scott struck bogey on 13, 14, 15 and 16. In turn, he dropped from two-under to two-over in a matter of four devastating holes.
A horrid collapse if we've ever seen one.
Round 1: 72 (+1)
Round 2: 68 (-3)
Round 3: 70 (-1)
Round 4: 75 (+4)
Final: 285 (+1)
Lee Westwood has never won a major championship, finishing as the runner-up twice and almost routinely finishing in third. During the 2013 British Open, however, Westwood was the leader and appeared to be in prime position to finally break through.
With Westwood entering the day at three-under, the only thing between him and the Open Championship crown was a collapse—and that's what happened.
Westwood was even through the first six holes, pairing a birdie with a bogey and maintaining his momentum. Just like that, Westwood landed two consecutive bogeys on Nos. 7 and 8 and dropped to one-under.
He wouldn't recover.
Westwood would sink two more bogeys, thus sealing his fate in yet another disappointing ending to a major championship. Even as he entered the back nine with a strong chance at winning big, he made two more bogeys and dropped to one-over.
After three very strong rounds, Westwood proved the doubters right—he can't close out a major.
Round 1: 69 (-2)
Round 2: 71 (E)
Round 3: 72 (+1)
Round 4: 74 (+3)
Final: 286 (+2)
What in the world has happened to Tiger Woods?
Woods entered the final day of action at one-under, sitting in prime position to catch Westwood and win the British Open. Rather than ending his major drought, however, Woods continued his struggles by falling apart on the first six holes.
It's getting to the point where we expect these disappointing endings.
Tiger Woods' last 6 majors: 1st and 2nd round: -11 (7 rounds under par) 3rd and 4th round: +23 (8 rounds over par)— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) July 21, 2013
This one was especially painful.
Woods found bogey on three of his first six holes, thus sealing his fate as a player with nothing more than an outside chance. He would birdie Nos. 9, 12 and 14, but he offset that progress with bogeys on 10, 11 and 15.
All we could do was wonder what happened to the greatest golfer of our generation.