|Scott seemed like a sure thing. (Via @CJZero)|
Adam Scott was sitting on a four-stroke lead with four holes to go at the 2012 British Open. Winning the tournament -- which would've been his first major victory -- was a sure thing. Until it wasn't.
Ernie Els victory will be remembered more as Scott's loss. And nothing is more representative of that than the fact that Els medal, which he received along with the Claret Jug, was already traced with Scott's name.
That's the sort of thing that you only do when someone's basically locked up a victory. It certainly seemed like Scott had done that, sitting at 10-under and four strokes clear of his competitors through 68 holes.
But with a lead like that in a major, it's not difficult to get derailed by bogeys. That's precisely what happened to the Australian, who created a slew of unfortunate memories for himself -- the above tracing included -- that will make it difficult to forget what happened at Lytham.