A few days on and I’m still deflated over Adam Scott’s monumental collapse on the final day of the British Open.
So, I can only imagine how he’s feeling.
Leading by four shots with just four holes to play, Scott seemed on track to break his Major hoodoo.
But, in a manner that his boyhood idol Greg Norman would’ve been proud of, Scott completely collapsed on the home stretch with consecutive bogeys over the last four holes.
South African Ernie Els made the most of the situation with three birdies in the closing stages to win with a seven-under par total of 273.
In a time when Aussie sport was in desperate need of a pick-me-up, this was as heartbreaking as it gets.
I felt so sorry for Scott, who is one of the genuine nice guys of Australian sport, but he’ll have to cop this one on the chin and let’s just hope he learns from the experience.
He insisted in the post-tournament press conference that he didn’t choke, but there is really no other way to describe what happened.
Scott’s meltdown brought back painful memories of Greg Norman’s infamous choke at the US Masters in 1996, when he blew a six-shot final-round lead.
FUNNY MAN WIGGINS WINS TOUR GLORY
If Adam Scott’s British Open stuff up was painful for Aussie sports fans, then seeing Bradley Wiggins win the Tour de France was salt in the wound.
However, Wiggins’ win (say that five times fast) has been an inevitable outcome for some time now.
The Belgian-born Englishman, who was raised in central London, claimed the yellow jersey by more than three minutes over Team Sky colleague Chris Froome.
Wiggins has three Olympic gold medals to his name (two from Beijing and one from Athens), all of which were won in the velodrome, but his le Tour glory is sure to outrank those triumphs.
Despite his status as a Pom (and the fact that he took the title from Cadel Evans), it’s hard to begrudge Wiggins of this success.
Brutally honest, and at times hilarious, in his post-ride interviews, Wiggins has been a breath of fresh air at this year’s Tour.
Asked whether his late father Garry would have been proud, Wiggins replied: “I don’t know really, depends if he was sober.”
Cadel Evans was never really in it this year and finished seventh overall. He has, however, vowed to race again in 2013 and has set his sights on a second title.
KEARNEY LEAVES EELS ON GOOD NOTE
I was as surprised as anyone to see Stephen Kearney leave the Eels on a good note on Saturday night.
Parramatta has been the NRL’s laughing stock this year, but the Eels were the ones doing the smiling when they downed Melbourne 16-10.
The Storm’s recent descent has been so sudden that the club is probably suffering a collective nose bleed.
Kearney should look to the GWS Giants for his next gig – his team could get belted every week there and his job would still never be under threat.
The Giants somehow made The Shire look good when they went down by 95 points against Fremantle.