Friday, July 16, 2010
Jean Van de Velde, 11 Years Later
Jean Van de Velde will forever be the first name that pops in our heads when we talk about choke jobs in major championships. In 1999, the Frenchman had a chance to take hom the Open Championship at Carnoustie, a course right across the waterway from the Old Course, but made an incredible 7 on the 72nd hole to get in a playoff, and eventually lose to Paul Lawrie.
If you take about what a difference winning and coming in second makes, Lawrie was in the field this week at the Old Course, while Van de Velde was what you're seeing him doing right above, commenting for the BBC.
Just think, if Van de Velde can just make 6 on the 18th at Carnoustie, how different his life would be right now? I know it's been talked about before, but it still is worth noting. Insane insane insane.