Adam Scott was supposed to win The Open in 2012. He knows it and so do the thousands of fans at Royal Lytham and St Annes that week.
Ten years ago, the Australian was leading by four by four to play, but stunned everyone to lose by one margin to Ernie Els.
This week’s Radio 5 Live Sport, which runs until the July 150 Open, looks almost to men – players like Scott, and France’s Jean van de Velde, who is best known for taking three shots on the 18th at Carnoustie in 1999 and then losing a playoff.
“It hurts more today than it did back then,” says Australian Scott.
“There is no tournament I want to win more,” he added. “I felt closer to me than any of the big American companies when I was young, so there was a strong connection there.”
He equaled the course record by shooting 64 under par in the opening round and kept his form to take a four-shot lead in the last round.
And when he dug a bird into the fourteenth hole, his lead was four and the coveted Clarett Jug was within walking distance.
“I’m not someone who gets ahead of myself on the golf course in situations like this,” he said. “Everything goes well when you’re up front and four to stay up front but there are specific times in tournaments when you really need to increase your intensity and focus.
“That one shot, or two, could be very crucial and I think I played those last four holes a little bit more casually.
“It was very comfortable, a four-shot lead, of course it’s beautiful, but as you can see, it can evaporate.
“I don’t think I did anything really horrible on those four holes, but I didn’t make any of my 10 foot throws, except for the 17th hole, and to win the championship you have to make somewhere.
“I learned from that and it was very different from what happened at the Masters eight months later.”
At the 2013 Masters, Scott defeated Angel Cabrera in a playoff to become the first Australian winner in this major.
“It’s funny how this stuff goes,” Scott said. “I will always be the first Australian to win the Masters title and that is something I am very proud of.”
Now, 41, Scott is preparing for the 150th Open in St Andrews and is building on his former good form on the old court.
“In 2015, I tied with the lead by six goals and stumbled my way,” he said.
“I know I can do it nearby and it will really make up for what happened in 2012
“I suspect [The Open] It is the pinnacle of the game. Bobby Jones said it first and [Jack] Nicklaus supported it. He said the greatest players win at St Andrews and I wouldn’t put myself upright at that level but I would like to be in that debate.”