Within 3 years of his Open win he was down in 134th on the money list. The Ulsterman is in this field and with two wins on the US Seniors Tour in the last 7 months is not without his chance of imitating Phil Mickelsons win for the aged at the USPGA in May.” In my infinite stupidity or wisdom or however you want to put it, in the after-effects of Sandwich, 2011, I ripped up the swing that won me the Open,” Clarke stated. And if he does not, it indicates that the last 3 gamers who won The Open in the year ending in “1” never ever won on one of the main trips again. And in the last 30 years, only Zach Johnson has actually won the Open and gone on such a completely barren run later on.
by James Corrigan in Sandwich
The only curses in which Darren Clarke has total conviction are those which usually emerge through his larynx after a skewed drive or a pulled tiddler. Even he has to confess that the fate which befell him and last 4 players who won The Open in years ending in “1” is at the really least an odd coincidence.
Clarke in 2011, David Duval in 2001, Ian Baker-Finch in 1991, Bill Rogers in 1981. All great players, but all great players who after raising their one and just Claret Jug, which was likewise their one and only major trophy, proceeded to embark on some of the most significant slumps the video game has actually ever experienced..
” It is creepy, but I wouldnt analyse it too completely– the winner this week should not be fretted,” Rogers informed me. “But its intriguing. If only since we went through comparable experiences and all dealt with it in a different way.”.
Forty years earlier, Rogers beat Bernhard Langer here by 4 shots– and seven years later he was a club pro. 4 titles in one year, ranked unofficially as the world No 2 and after that, over the next five seasons, Rogers was to win one more competition– the lowly USF&G Classic– and miss out on 10 out of 12 cuts in the majors.
Within 3 years of his Open win he was down in 134th on the cash list. Rogers was earning nothing but heartbreak. “When you win the Open its a complete game-changer, it alters everything,” he said.
” Some will state I got them too hard and they might be. There is no doubt I felt more in control of who I was and what I was doing prior to Sandwich.
Rogers had actually lost control, lost his video game and was determined not to lose his head. “Its a big thing to accept that you will always be presented as Bill Rogers, Open champion,” he said. “Think about it. Theres barely a week or a month goes by when Im not advised of it in some style. I refused to let it drive me mad.”.
Baker-Finch took it past the edge. By 1997, 6 years on from his Birkdale luster, the Australian was rolled up into a ball, sobbing at the Open The scene was the floor of the locker room at Royal Troon and Baker-Finch had actually simply shot a first-round 92. “That was the absolute worst feeling Ive ever understood,” Baker-Finch said, “Walking up the 18th at the Open about to shoot 92. That made the chance at St Andrews seem like chicken feed.”.
That “shot” had triggered a lot of jaws to hit hallowed turf 2 years before at St Andrews. On the first tee in the business of Arnold Palmer, Baker-Finch hooked his drive throughout two fairways out of bounds. Caddies who had worked on the Old Course concurred they had never ever seen anyone do it before– not even beginners.
” I actually had actually imagined doing exactly that,” Baker-Finch exposed. “Before it ever occurred, I dreamed I struck it out of bounds with Arnie watching at St Andrews on the very first hole at the Open. Thats when it got scary– when my nightmares started playing out right in front of me.”.
That year, Baker-Finch missed the cut in all 24 tournaments he played. On average he failed to break 80 as soon as every 4 rounds and all year only broke par twice. “Ian only needed to take one tablet however instead he swallowed the whole bottle,” was how coach David Leadbetter summed it up.
That is Duvals primary function nowadays after his own remarkable tumble. At least the Floridian might indicate back injuries for a nosedive from world No 3 to No 293 in 12 months. Yet there was unquestionably more to it as he alluded in one of the video games most revealing quotes..
” When you work so difficult and have had so lots of near misses and then win, and you didnt play that well, its like, Are you joking? Are you truly gon na do this to me? Its not like I played bad, however of the tournaments I won, thats the one I played the worst in.”.
Duval was referring to the 2001 Open at Lytham. There were guaranteed hints of a resurrection, most significantly when tying for second at the 2009 US Open. Duval, now aged 49th, spoke excitedly a few weeks ago about playing here.
Which brings us to Clarke. The Ulsterman remains in this field and with two wins on the US Seniors Tour in the last 7 months is not without his chance of emulating Phil Mickelsons win for the aged at the USPGA in May. Yet Clarke is 52 and it says plenty about his struggles after accomplishing his own life time objective that he is now only feeling great in his game..
” In my unlimited stupidity or knowledge or nevertheless you want to put it, in the consequences of Sandwich, 2011, I ripped up the swing that won me the Open,” Clarke said. Im definitely not coming back as a ceremonial golf player this year, just to wave at the crowds. Im not stating I will win it, however Im also not saying I cant.”.
And if he does not, it means that the last 3 gamers who won The Open in the year ending in “1” never ever won on among the main tours again. And in the last 30 years, only Zach Johnson has won the Open and gone on such a brutally barren run afterwards. Eerie.