Justin Rose soared back to the top of the world rankings after edging out Haotong Li in a thrilling finish at the Turkish Airlines Open.
Who will be more frustrated at not winning The Open – Spieth or Woods?
Jordan Spieth will be more frustrated at not winning The Open
This was a tournament where the winning score, relative to par, was worse at the end than it was on Saturday night.
If you are the overnight leader, or co-leader, in such circumstances then that has got to hurt. And if you are a serial major champion then these are opportunities that you feel as though you should simply never pass up.
Spieth, Schauffele and Kisner began the last round at -9. Molinari lifted the Claret Jug – by two shots – with a final total of -8.
Spieth’s co-leaders can, in the circumstances, be forgiven. Schauffele hung in the longest and could still have forced a play-off right until his par save on the 17th failed to drop.
The inexperienced Kisner made an early double-bogey but refused to wilt away, eventually finishing in a tie for 2nd.
Spieth, though, only just made the top 10 and failed to make a single birdie all day.
And that despite looking secure as he reeled off four opening pars to get off to that all-important solid start. Yet by the time he double-bogeyed the 6th, he had lost the lead – to a man who began the day four shots behind him and was only two under par. That should not have been allowed to happen.
And yet still Spieth had chances to restore order. On the 14th green, two putts would have been good enough for a birdie and a share of the lead with Molinari and Schauffele. It didn’t happen and two late bogeys set the seal on a miserable day for the defending champion and a golden opportunity to defend his title and claim a fourth major title passed up.
Tiger Woods will be more frustrated at not winning The Open
I’m still very confident that Tiger Woods will win another major. No. 15, when he gets it, may well be his last, but my goodness what a story it would be.
I get so many pelters on here for writing about Tiger. “How much do you get paid?”, “Are you high?” and “In your dreams, pal!” are three regular responses to me saying Woods will lift another major title. (Incidentally, not enough to put up with the crap, high on life and life alone, and yes, of course in my dreams.)
Did I believe it was going to happen this week? Of course I did – I even put money on it – and he’s been in wonderful form this year, where, aside from a couple of missed cuts, has recorded a T23rd, 12th, T2nd, T5th, T32nd, T55th, T11th, T23rd and a T4th.
Woods is the greatest golf mind to ever walk the planet. His ability to create something from nothing is part of the thrill – and on Sunday at Carnoustie there were so many.
And they all added up to Tiger freakin’ Woods actually leading a major championship with just eight holes to play.
How often has he not won from that position? Dropping three shots at 11 and 12 is what ultimately killed him.
Woods said he wants to win another one because he wants his children to witness what they were too young to witness when he was in his pomp.
So this one will smart. A lot. But more than Spieth? No chance. Time is on young Jordan’s side.