Zach Johnson birdied the final hole at St. Andrews in the Open Championship on Monday to take the clubhouse lead at 15 under.
Now he'll wait to see if that's enough to win outright, or possibly earn a spot in a four-hole aggregate score playoff.
Check out the lengthy, clutch putt that Johnson was able to knock down:
— The Open (@TheOpen) July 20, 2015
A win on Monday would be Johnson's second major title. He won the Masters in 2007.
Oh man. Lose your focus for just a few seconds in a major championship and this is what can happen:
That was Adam Scott missing a near tap-in par putt on the par-4 15th hole -- his second bogey in a row to fall back to 13 under and three off the lead.
In his last three Open starts, Scott has finished 2-T3-T5.
Looks like a win won't be in the cards again this year unless he has a serious late rally.
No guts, no glory. That's been the way that Phil Mickelson has approached the game for so many years and it's why we love him.
That approach, however, can sometimes come back to bite Mickelson.
Like today in the final round of the Open Championship.
Mickelson was two shots off the lead at 10 under as he made his way to the Road Hole -- No. 17 at St. Andrews (more than an hour before the 54-hole leaders were scheduled to tee off).
Realizing he likely needed two birdies to close to have any chance whatsoever at a second Claret Jug, Mickelson took an aggressive line off the tee and the result wasn't good.
Here it is -- Mickelson's drive on one of the most famous holes in golf sailing so far right that it comes to rest on a second-floor balcony at the adjacent Old Course Hotel:
Mickelson would make triple-bogey 7 on the hole to drop back to 3 under for the day and 7 under for the tournament.
The Road Hole at St. Andrews has claimed many victims through the years. From tee to green, it's arguably the most difficult hole in golf.
England's Eddie Pepperell learned that the hard way in the third round of the Open Championship on Sunday.
Pepperell was 8 under for the day when he reached the 17th tee.
And then, this happened:
That's right -- a tee shot into the roof of the Old Course Hotel. Man, tough break.
Pepperell made double bogey on the hole and finished with a 6-under 66 to get to 8 under for the tournament.
He at least had a good sense of humor about the mishap:
At least they got the pro tracer on my tee shot off 17... A wonderful move from the top and will collect the ball from my room later.
— Eddie Pepperell (@EddiePepGolf) July 19, 2015
There must be a deal on birdies at St. Andrews today, because everyone is getting them.
Maybe the birdie line was too long for Retief Goosen though. The two-time U.S. Open champ instead went out and picked himself up an eagle with this monstrous putt on the fifth hole:
— The Open (@TheOpen) July 19, 2015
Not bad at all. That eagle helped Goosen to a 33 on the front nine and at the time of this post, he was one off the lead at 9 under.
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