The 2 Sides of the Coin: Adam’s Loss or Ernie’s Win?
After a riveting finish at the 141st Open Championship, all we can say is “wow.” Just as major championships should be, Sunday was numbingly unpredictable. As we recorded our preview podcast, I picked Adam Scott as the sleeper of the week. Apparently the sleeper finally knocked out for the back 9 on Sunday. Still, the question remains, was it Adam Scott’s choke job, or Ernie Els comeback victory? Here’s both sides of the coin:
1. This is a choke job by Adam Scott at it’s finest. He was in control of the tournament for the majority of the weekend, and had shots to play with on the back nine. He was 5 shots up at one point, but his nerves got the best of him. The story of the championship is Adam Scott blowing the lead and finishing the day with 4 bogies in a row.
2. This was Ernie’s win! He shot 32 on the back nine, which is definitely the way to close on Sunday. Ernie has blown majors, and won 4 before, so he was in a great position to post a score, and that’s what he did. He poured in a 15 footer on the 18th to get to 7 under, and it was the putt for the win. Els went out and won his 4th major, and that’s the story.
Whichever side you lie on is up to you, but Sunday at the British Open yet again lived up to lofty expectations. Today had the makings of a snooze fest, but drama always comes at the right moment in golf’s major championships. The wind kicked up, the bunkers received a lot more visits, and the scores flew up into the 70’s. Hats off to The Big Easy, who now joins a small club of golfers to win 2 U.S. Opens and 2 British Opens. He may have got some help from a ladies man named Adam, but he did what he had to down the stretch to win. Here’s to you, Ernie! Raise a pint and drink it from the Claret Jug