He would describe Adam Scott’s four bogeys on the final four holes on Sunday as a total collapse and one of the biggest in Major Championship history. While Greg Norman in the 1996 Masters and Jean Van de Velde in the 1999 Open Championship are the most infamous, Scott’s collapse certainly ranks near the top. Hawkins was not sure why Steve Williams allowed Adam to hit a 3-wood instead of the 2-iron that he had been hitting all week at 18 especially after what had happened on 15, 16, and 17.
He felt that Scott’s collapse was harder to watch than Van de Velde’s in part because the collapse at Carnoustie had a number of epic as well as almost comedic elements. Another aspect is the fact that Van de Velde still had a chance to win The Open Championship in 1999 while Scott lost by one stroke on the 18th hole. Van de Velde’s collapse actually reminded him of a Charlie Chaplin film because it seemed like something you would see at the movies.
Whenever someone collapses down the stretch in a Major Championship, you never want to be in a position to have to write about it but as a professional writer, he was in that position. You have to say something and what made this moment even harder was the fact that Adam Scott is not only a very talented player but also one of the nicest people in the world of professional golf.