It happens at least once a year in major championships. A player that hasn't ever been in this type of position gets there and falls apart in the final round.
Earlier this year it was Dustin Johnson, the young American who got stripped of a chance to play in this PGA Championship playoff because of a bizarre bunker penalty. On Sunday, Johnson was paired with Nick Watney, who was the victim in this 2010 PGA Championship.
Watney had a three-shot lead heading into the final round, but it was eliminated on the first hole, when he made a double-bogey. Things never improved, and much like Jason Gore and Aaron Baddeley in past instances, finished the day north of the 80 mark with a 9-over 81.
Watney's final round dropped him 17 spots to a tie for 18th, but it could have been miles worse if not for a solid finish to his round. Watney was 11-over on his round before birdies on the 16th and 17th at Whistling Straits but will have to live with this nasty finish to his first real shot at a major for a long time.
No matter how bad it was, nobody's dinner will taste as bad as his playing partner, who will be the talk of the sports world for the next week. Is it a bunker, is it not a bunker, should we call everything a bunker? I guarantee that Johnson wishes a million times over that his drive would have landed where Watney's did on the 18th. Middle of the fairway, right of the green, two shots for a par.
A tough finish for the two golfers in the final group Sunday.