The Open 2014

13th-20th July

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Major collapses

We look at famous major collapses, including Adam Scott's late capitulation at Royal Lytham in 2012

Last Updated: 29/06/14 4:05pm

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ADAM SCOTT - 2012 Open, Royal Lytham

Ernie Els could hardly believe it after he became Open champion again following Adam Scott's collapse at Lytham. The 42-year-old South African triumphed after Scott suffered a nightmare collapse over Royal Lytham's closing stretch. Scott, chasing his first major, looked all set to become the first Australian to hold the Claret Jug aloft since Greg Norman in 1993 when he led by four shots with only four holes to play. But he bogeyed them all and Els, having made a 15-foot birdie putt on the final green 20 minutes earlier, suddenly found himself with a fourth major title without even having to go into a play-off.

JEAN VAN DE VELDE - 1999 Open, Carnoustie

Van de Velde stood on the 18th tee with a three-shot lead after playing some brilliant golf in terrible conditions on the final day. After missing the fairway with his drive, arguably the Frenchman's biggest mistake was going for the green in two, but he was also hugely unfortunate to see his shot bounce off a grandstand and into heavy rough. From there he chipped into the Barry Burn and considered playing the ball out of the water, taking off his shoes and socks and wading in before thinking better of it. After a penalty drop he played his fifth shot into a greenside bunker and bravely got up and down for a seven. That forced a play-off with Paul Lawrie and Justin Leonard, which Lawrie won.

GREG NORMAN - 1996 US Masters, Augusta

Norman shot a course-record 63 in the first round and went into the last 18 holes with a six-shot lead over playing partner Nick Faldo. However, it was all downhill from there for the Australian, who carded five bogeys and two double-bogeys on his way to a six-over 78. In contrast, Faldo carded a superb 67 to claim his third Green Jacket after turning his six-shot deficit into a five-shot winning margin. "I made a lot of mistakes," a gracious Norman said. "I put all the blame on myself. You pay the price. That's all there is to it."

RORY McILROY - 2011 US Masters, Augusta

McIlroy began with a first round of 65 and went into the final 18 holes with a four-shot lead, but the 21-year-old from Northern Ireland collapsed to a closing round of 80 to finish 10 shots behind eventual champion Charl Schwartzel. Despite early dropped shots McIlroy was still one in front on the 10th tee, but then saw his pulled drive ricochet way left off a tree and nestle between the rarely-seen cabins that separate the main course from the par-three course. That led to a triple-bogey seven and a double-bogey soon followed on the 12th where he four-putted from 20 feet. However, just two months later he would win the US Open by eight shots at Congressional.

ED SNEED - 1979 US Masters, Augusta

Ed Sneed looked set to lose his "journeyman" tag when he took a five-shot lead into the final round and remained three clear with three to play, but he then left par putts agonisingly short on the 16th and 17th before another bogey on the last. That meant a final round of 76 and left him tied with Tom Watson and Fuzzy Zoeller. The resulting play-off, the first using the sudden-death format, saw all three players card pars at the 10th, but Sneed found sand at the next and Watson's birdie putt slid by before Zoeller holed from six feet for the winning birdie.

ARNOLD PALMER - 1966 US Open, Olympic Club

Palmer began the final round three ahead of Billy Casper and had stretched that to a commanding seven shots with just nine holes remaining. Even though Casper started making birdies and Palmer dropped shots at the 10th and 13th, he still held a five-stroke lead with four holes to play. However, Palmer continued to struggle and ran up double-bogeys at the 15th and 16th. When he also bogeyed the 17th he and Casper were tied and a seven-shot lead had gone in eight holes. The resulting 18-hole play-off was held the following day and Palmer again led by two with eight holes remaining, but dropped six shots down the closing stretch and Casper's 69 was good enough to win by four.

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