British Open Results 2012: Was Tiger Woods' or Adam Scott's Collapse Worse?

Sam R. Quinn@SamQuinn_Senior Analyst IIIJuly 22, 2012

LYTHAM ST ANNES, ENGLAND - JULY 22:  Adam Scott of Australia reacts to a missed par putt on the 18th green during the final round of the 141st Open Championship at Royal Lytham & St. Annes Golf Club on July 22, 2012 in Lytham St Annes, England.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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Adam Scott's collapse at the 2012 British Open was bad. That much is obvious.

Tiger Woods had a brutal fourth round as well. There's no denying that

Which collapse was worse, though?

On one of golf's biggest stages at the Royal Lytham & St. Annes Golf Club, we saw two of golf's biggest stars fail to capitalize on promising beginnings and fall from grace in Lancashire, England.

Scott got off to a hot start, shooting six-under par in Round 1. He gave himself quite the cushion to pad his lead for the last three rounds. Eight first-round birdies may look promising on the scorecard, but Scott's dream of hoisting the Claret Jug was torn down this weekend.

The Aussie's second round wasn't as impressive as his opening act, but the 32-year-old from Adelaide was unable to capitalize on his three-under round on Friday.

Nobody saw his epic collapse coming after he nailed three birdies on Saturday to post a 68 and presumably head into the clubhouse feeling optimistic about his chances to finish atop the field.

Switch over to Woods, who, after a hot start, found himself in prime position to make a weekend run.

His second round, a three-under 67, ended on a high note after he holed out a chip shot from a seemingly impossible bunker on the 18th hole.

The focus of the field walked off the course on Saturday with an even-par third round.

There was absolutely no inkling of an impending breakdown for Scott—until Sunday's final round of play. A birdie sandwiched between two bogeys over the first three holes was an indication of what was in store.

A bogey on the sixth followed by a string of seven straight pars fooled the audience into thinking Scott had righted the ship. That was not the case.

His birdie on the par-four 14th hole was the calm before the storm. Scott was four shots ahead with just four holes to glory, but he did not get the result he so desired.

Woods had his fair share of embarrassment on Sunday as well. The 15-time major champion wasn't overly impressive through his first five holes, but he managed to save par.

Then came the sixth hole, an ominous sign of things to come. Woods' sixth hole took seven arduous shots to find the bottom of the cup.

The world's best golfer then birdied three of the next six holes before he bogeyed the 13th, 14th and 15th to basically put him out of the running for the Open Championship.

Of course, we expect much more out of Tiger. Given his previous triumphs and miraculous wins, most of the golf world believed that he would hang around and make a late charge towards victory.

Despite Woods' previous reputation and predisposition to success, there's no way that his collapse can be as bad as the one we saw from Scott.

Scott was four shots up with a mere four holes to play, but the lead he had lost in the earlier rounds and then regained did not hold. We haven't seen a collapse like that in some time.

A choke job is what it was.

Heartbreaking is what it was.

It was not just heartbreaking for Scott but for anyone who has any type of emotion. A man who has never won a major championship could not lock his first one up on Sunday across the pond.

Woods' failure on the final 18 holes was bad, but no argument can be made to convince anybody that it was worse than Scott's.

Scott and Woods had to pay for their transgressions on Sunday. Their poor play down the stretch helped at least one man.

That man is Ernie Els, who won his second Open Championship 10 years after he first held the Claret Jug in 2002.


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