First, Maggert destructed. He got on a bogey run that wouldn't quit, and he grimmed his way right out of the tournament. Then Lehman hit into the rough by the 16th green and lost a stroke. The next hole, the 17th, we all watched in gut-wrenching horror as Lehman hit his approach shot into the pond. Nice guys finish third.
Lehman said afterward, "I feel an incredible amount of pain."
Just before Lehman's disaster, Montgomerie had made the crucial mistake of the tournament. He and Els were on the 17th green, tied at 4 under. Montgomerie had a five-foot putt. He waited for the group on the nearby 18th green to finish. He waited and waited. Minutes passed. Sometimes a person in life is faced with a crucial decision, a life choice, a yes-or-no question, a moment when action must be taken decisively without pause or excessive contemplation. Everyone watching thought: Hit the putt! Just walk up and hit it! Montgomerie wandered around the green, waiting for total silence. Tommy Tolles, a golfer finishing on 18, made some gestures as though he was going to throw his ball in the lake, and the crowd cheered him on, which got Montgomerie flustered again. The man just did not want to hit the putt. Because he knew it wasn't going in. He knew he was about to crash.
Finally he walked up and almost half-heartedly tapped at the putt, which missed, and he lost, and when it was over he cried.
TODAY IN SLATE
The Irritating Confidante
John Dickerson on Ben Bradlee’s fascinating relationship with John F. Kennedy.
My Father Invented Social Networking at a Girls’ Reform School in the 1930s
Renée Zellweger’s New Face Is Too Real
Sleater-Kinney Was Once America’s Best Rock Band
Can it be again?
The All The President’s Men Scene That Captured Ben Bradlee
Is It Better to Be a Hero Like Batman?
Or an altruist like Bruce Wayne?
Driving in Circles
The autonomous Google car may never actually happen.