The conditions in the final round were reasonable by Open standards. The winds “were a bit frisky” as described by the legendary Peter Allis. In the end, it was the collection bunkers that decided the winner. Golf course architects can create obstacles for players to deal with. George Lowe was the original designer in 1886. Harry Colt “modernized” Lytham in 1919. Lowe and Colt succeeded in making sure that nearly every ball headed in the direction of a bunker, found it.
On Sunday, Scott had everything to lose and only his first major to gain. Before the round started Els was asked how tough it would be for his buddy Scott to win. His answer was simple and prophetic, “The final round of an Open Championship offers a test that is eternal. It won’t be easy,” said the eventual winner.
The great Mariano Rivera was once asked what the difference was between closing the final out of a game versus the World Series. “It’s the difference between being forgotten and remembered,” said Rivera.
Everyone will remember that Els won his second Open at Lytham. Eventually, everyone will forget that Scott couldn’t close the deal — at least everybody, but Scott.
• Ted Bishop is a Logansport native and the Director of Golf and General Manager at the Legends of Indiana G.C. in Franklin. In addition, he is the PGA Vice President. He may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.