Category Archives: British Open

Jean Van de Velde – 18th Hole Carnoustie

Watching the US Open today I remembered a name I haven’t thought of in years.


July 18th 1999 is a date that will be remembered by golf fans for a long time to come. It was the final round of the 1999 British Open, held that year at Carnoustie. A French journeyman by the name of Jean Van de Velde held a 2 stroke lead going into the 72nd hole. Under normal circumstances that is a relatively safe lead in golf. What followed was disaster. 


I ended up searching for the video on Youtube earlier today after I saw Dustin Johnson throw away his lead on the 2nd and 3rd holes of the US Open at Pebble Beach. It is also appropriate since Frenchman Gregory Havret is currently in 2nd place at the US Open. By the way, has a Frenchman won or been those close to winning a major since Carnoustie? I can’t think of one. 


When you get the chance go back and watch both of these clips. For anyone who watched that live or has seen clips of it since it really is hard not to feel bad for the man. 


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Part 2:



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Would you walk away from $1.2 Million?

Can you imagine a scenario where you would get the chance to win $1.2 Million but would willingly walk away? Keep in mind that I’m not asking you to do anything illegal for that $1.2 million. Confused? Remember the name Ross Fisher. It is a name you might hear for a very long time to come. By the time you wake up this morning this story might have already been played out but read on anyways.

Ross Fisher is a professional golfer. Chances are you’ve never heard of him. But Mr. Fisher finds himself in a situation where he is willing to pass up on the $1.2 million in prize money that he would receive for winning the British Open. The win would be the biggest of his career by a long shot and would come at a tournament that you can easily argue is the biggest in his sports. He comes into the 4th and final round this morning just 1 shot off the lead. Tiger Woods didn’t make the cut. Phil Mickelson isn’t playing in this tournament and several big names also failed to qualify for the weekend’s play or are so far back that they are non-factors at this point. Seems like he has a legitimate enough shot at the win doesn’t it? Just one slight problem though. Fisher’s wife is expecting the couple’s first child. Talk about timing. Ross Fisher has said that his priority is to be there with his wife in England. The tournament is being held in Scotland so obviously not a long flight over.

It is very much possible that Fisher could be in the lead in the final round and about to wrap up the biggest win of his career….but walk away from it. Can you blame him though? How can you not root for this guy? We hear so much about selfish athletes who care about nothing but money, it really is nice to hear of a guy who’s willing to leave so much money on the table.

This got me thinking….any other scenarios under which you would walk away from $1.2 million?

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