Out with a whimper
Thursday, June 18, 2009
FORMBY, England — If you wanted to see a player go out of a championship with a whimper instead of a bang, then you had to see the way veteran Welshman Nigel Edwards exited the British Amateur Championship.
The four-time Great Britain & Ireland Walker Cup play lost his third round match to South African Ryan Dreyer on the 20th hole.
Edwards looked like he’d received a huge rub of the green with his tee shot on the second extra hole. His ball looked like it was heading for the third of the three fairway bunkers on the right hand side of the fairway.
To Edwards’ amazement, the ball came to rest one yard from the trap.
The 40-year-old Welshman was only left with a wedge to the green, but hit what has to go down as one of the worst shots of his amateur career.
He ballooned his ball up in the air and it landed short and about 20 yards short and right of the green. With the flag on the right-hand side, it meant he had short-sided himself.
Edwards chipped to about 12 feet and missed his par putt to hand the match to his opponent.
It wasn’t only a blow for Edwards, but for many in the gallery who had him penciled in as going all the way to the final.