Epic Collapse At Caves


(WBFF)-While sports can bring triumph and thrills, they can also send you to the bottom-most depths, sometimes in the same afternoon.

There is no shortage of sorrowful collapses in sporting history. Remember the '79 Orioles? Up 3-1 in the World Series and lost anyway? Remember Greg Norman blowing a six-stroke lead in the final round of the '96 Masters?

I could go on and on.

That brings us to Bernhard Langer, and the self-immolation he subjected us to on Sunday in the final round of the Constellation Senior Players Classic at Caves Valley.

You have to understand the context here: Langer had won this particular tournament the last three years in a row, and was shooting for his third win in the last four consecutive majors. He's the dominant force on the Senior Tour. He showed all that this weekend, leading after the second and third rounds and after 70 holes, he held a one stroke lead.

But then came hole number 17.

Langer knocked one in the water, and then after taking the one-shot penalty, he missed a 4-footer and made a double bogey.

He was suddenly one stroke back with one hole to play. Scott McCarron how held the lead.

On 18, Langer could have forced a playoff, but lipped out a six foot putt to take the par, and lose the tournament.

Credit McCarron, who made up a six stroke deficit on Sunday to win his first major. It was a solid win, but we won't remember it.

Instead, we'll remember Langer dropping it in the drink and ruining his whole weekend .

I suspect Langer himself will remember it a good long while, too.

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