With the upcoming Ryder Cup coming into clear view, and with the PGA Championship having just been competed at Kiawah Island, it dawned on the Golf Guy that there is a story that has, for the most part, been forgotten. The go between is Kiawah Island and the Ryder Cup - the 1991 War by the Shore.
And no, the story isn't about the fact that Bernhard Langer missed a 6-footer that would have won the Cup for Europe on the final hole of the competition. No, the crazy story is what transpired just before that Cup-ending moment: Mark Calcavecchia halving his match with Colin Montgomerie.
A match being halved, you ask? No big deal - happens all the time in the Ryder Cup. Yes, yes it does. But not in an epic, all-time worst meltdown on a golf course for all the world to see.
With apologies to the lovable Calc, let's relive that day:
Calcavecchia comes off the par-4???? 14th hole in a magical match play situation - four up with four to play, dormie. A win or just a halve on any one of the final four remaining holes gives Calc the victory.
And then ... and then ... of for the love of God.
Par-4 15th -
Par-4 16th -
Par-3 16th - Perhaps one of the worst match play holes ever played by two golfers. Monty has honors and quickly splashes his ball into the water guarding the right side of the green. Huge advantage for Calc. HUGE! Calv shockingly, inexplicably follows suit - ball in the water. Finally on the green, Calc has a chance to halve the hole and ultimately win the match by making a simple 2-footer for a double bogey. Calc misses 2-footer. Oh, the humanity!
After the match - Calc walked away from the 18th green, down onto the beach, sank into the sand and cried.????????