Not since Geoff Ogilvy held aloft the US Open trophy at Winged Foot in 2006 has an Australian hoisted a major championship trophy. For all but four holes of last month’s Open Championship, it looked like Adam Scott may break the drought but instead we rode the heartbreak train once more and he was relegated to 2nd place.
Many golf fans chose Adam Scott as both “Best Aussie” and their pick to win The Claret Jug last month, which for all intents and purposes was a sound pick – for 69 golf holes. It was the first time in a long time I can recall an Aussie being realistically touted in both categories, but it doesn’t seem to be the case for this week’s US PGA Championship at the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island.
If you’re unsure about your “Best Aussie” pick this week here is a list of the Best Australian finishers since 2006, the last year we had a major winner. For the record, Adam Scott features eight times, followed by Geoff Ogilvy (4), Robert Allenby and Stuart Appleby (3 each).
I found it a little stroll through time looking at the list. I’d forgotten about Richard Green’s performance at Carnoustie in 2007 but remember all too well the final rounds of Mathew Goggin in 2009, Greg Norman in 2008 and Aaron Baddeley at the US Open in 2007.
Of course, I remember Adam Scott winning the best Australian at Royal Lytham last month too.