GULLANE, Scotland —
Ogilvy takes no offense to the notion that his first major was as much a product of others losing it than him winning it.
“Definitely, the low score wins,” he said. “At Winged Foot ... that was lost by multiple players. It’s the guy who’s still there at the end. Faldo was the master of it. He often won them by not doing anything wrong. He never did anything wrong on the last nine holes, did he? That’s how you win. Nicklaus won them like that. He just played, and everyone else, the difficulty of the course caught up with them. It never caught up with Jack, or Faldo. And Tiger is like that, too. He plays, and gradually people fall back.”
Woods is unique in that he never needed a serious blunder to win any of his 14 majors.
But he understands why it happens.
“I think it’s very simple,” Woods said. “There’s a lot of pressure in major championships, and you’re also playing under the most difficult conditions. You combine the strength of field with the most difficult conditions and with the most heightened pressure, you’re going to get guys making mistakes.
“I don’t know if I can give you a percentage on how it goes,” he said when asked whether more majors were won than lost. “But we’ve seen throughout the years where guys have played well and executed on the back nine and have gone on to win, and where guys have had leads and made a bunch of mistakes and have thrown it away. And that’s the neat thing about major championships. It can happen. You just don’t know until the back nine on Sunday.”
Angel Cabrera won the 2009 Masters in a playoff after Kenny Perry bogeyed the last two holes. Keegan Bradley won the 2011 PGA Championship in a playoff when Jason Dufner lost a five-shot lead with four holes to play.
Did they win? Or did they win because someone lost?
“At the end of the day, who’s holding the trophy?” Curtis said. “Golf is a crazy game. And crazy stuff happens.”