15 May '12, 2pm
Regrets? They've had a few: We've all made mistakes on the course and in life that we wish we could do over. So,...
I'd like to play my third shot again on the last hole of the 1999 Open at Carnoustie. I was unlucky with my second shot. Johnny Miller said it was the first time a grandstand had cost a player a championship. [The ball ricocheted backward into thick rough.] Ten yards right of the green was not such a bad place, so I have no regrets about that shot. But the third shot I'd replay. I wouldn't try to go forward; I'd instead play sideways to the fairway. That would have been difficult but easier than trying to do what I did. [Van de Velde hit his third shot into the Barry Burn, took a drop, pitched into a greenside bunker and got up and down to make the playoff.] Even if I had missed the fairway playing sideways, I was likely to have a better lie and angle for my next shot. Things were going very quickly, and I wish I could go back and think about it again.