Coles, who led by two going into Sunday's final round, couldn't keep the wheels on down the stretch.
We've all been here before. You need a six on the final hole to break 80 for the first time in your life. After reaching the green in regulation, you five-putt from 25 feet. There goes that sub-80 round!
Robert Coles knows your pain. Needing only a birdie on the reachable 537-yard, par-5 18th to secure his first European Tour title, Coles bombed his drive and hit his second shot into the greenside rough. That's where things took a turn for the worse.
Coles bladed his chip 20 feet past the hole, leaving him with a lengthy birdie putt to win. He then proceeded to blow the putt eight feet past the hole, leaving him with a putt to force a playoff. But he missed the comebacker for par, losing the tournament by one shot. Yikes.
It was the type of cringe-worthy moment that makes you realize there are no gimmies in this sport. No matter how easy the next shot looks, there's always a chance you'll completely blow the shot, and the next one, and possibly the one after that.
Hopefully Coles drowns his sorrows in a pint and learns from this epic collapse. If the pain of defeat hasn't sunk in yet, it definitely will tomorrow.
- Robert Coles
- European Tour