What would British Open week be without a mention of Jean Van De Velde’s epic 18th hole collapse in 1999?
I recall watching him play the last hole at Carnoustie in utter shock. Without a doubt, Van De Velde’s final hole was the greatest one-hole meltdown in golf history. Greg Norman typically blew the entire round. Van De Velde saved it for one hole.
With a three shot lead, only needing a double bogey to become the first Frenchman to win the British Open since 1907, Jean chose a driver on the last hole, scored a triple bogey, and lost to Paul Lawrie in a playoff. Whatever happened to Paul Lawrie anyway?
Here’s the evidence: