The nature of golf, where a few bad shots can negate four days’ worth of good ones, makes a late-round collapse particularly heartbreaking. And when you’re a player searching for your first career major — as Scott was — missing after coming so close can have an impact on the rest of your career (think Jean van de Velde).
It could have been worse, though. At least he didn’t pull a Roy McAvoy and shoot a 12 on the 18th hole.
Scott’s meltdown at Royal Lytham & St. Anne’s on Sunday was bad, but where does it rank all-time among collapses at major tournaments?