The 2012 British Open will be remembered more for who lost it than who won it, and that in no way is to take anything away from the incredible play of Ernie Els. But Adam Scott's collapse will be the story, and people will be wondering how it holds up against other big major collapse. We put our list together of the biggest ever, with Scott's in the mix.
10.) Tom Watson, 2009 British Open -- For 71 holes, it looked like Watson would pull off one of the most unlikely wins in major championship history, and as he strolled up to the 18th hole, he simply needed two putts to win his sixth Claret Jug. Watson's first putt strolled by a few feet, but his next putt was nothing short of a complete choke, missing badly to force a playoff with Stewart Cink that he would eventually lose.
9.) Sam Snead, 1947 U.S. Open -- It wasn't as bad as Scott's closing stretch, but Snead had a two-shot lead with three holes to play in the 18-hole playoff with Lew Worsham only to lose on the 18th hole when he missed a three-foot putt, his best shot ever at winning the U.S. Open.
8.) Doug Sanders, 1970 British Open -- When you have a chance to win the Open Championship, especially against Jack Nicklaus, you better make the putts, because a playoff against this man wouldn't have been easy. Sanders had that shot on the 18th hole at St. Andrews, needing just two putts for the victory, but left his first one two feet short and missed that one. He'd go on to lose to Nicklaus in a playoff the next day.
7.) Scott Hoch, 1989 Masters -- It's never a good thing when you miss a two-foot putt to win a major championship and your name rhymes with the word "choke," but that's what happened to Hoch in '89, when he continued to back off his putt to win, missed the short par putt, and would go on to lose to Nick Faldo on the next hole when he sank a 30-footer for the win.
6.) Rory McIlroy, 2011 Masters -- The young Northern Irishman was in complete control at Augusta National after three rounds, leading a group of four players by four shots heading into the final round, but the wheels started to shake, eventually coming off on the 10th hole when he made triple-bogey, following that up with a double-bogey on the 12th, eventually shooting 80 in his first real shot at a green jacket.
4.) Adam Scott, 2012 British Open -- You have to put this one ahead of Phil and the likes because of the length of his collapse. He went four straight holes making bogey, each for different reasons, and when he needed to make a birdie on the last to win (and par for a playoff) he blew his tee shot in a bunker that he should have never flirted with. His final putt had a chance, but the four bogey finish is as bad as it comes.
3.) Arnold Palmer, 1966 U.S. Open -- The tournament they call the career ender for Palmer started with a seven-shot lead on Sunday at Olympic Club, and ended without him holding the trophy. Palmer had that same lead heading into the back nine, but couldn't hold off Billy Casper, who would take him to a playoff and beat him the next day, with Palmer never winning another major championship.
2.) Greg Norman, 1996 Masters -- If Van de Velde's lasting image is him standing in the burn, the one of Greg Norman will be him holding that straw hat on Sunday at Augusta National as his six-shot lead was erased with some spotty play in the final round. Norman shot 78 that day at the Masters, his last legit shot at winning at Augusta National, a place that had always haunted him, never seriously contending in another major championship.
1.) Jean Van de Velde, 1999 British Open -- It's the quintessential collapse story in golf history, with Van de Velde heading to the final hole with a three-shot lead only to do everything short of pick up his ball and walk in with it. He'd go on to make a triple bogey from the rough, the burn and the bunker, get into a playoff and eventually lose that to Paul Lawrie. The image of the Frenchman standing in the Barry Burn, pants rolled up, is one that will live on in golf history forever and ever.