2007 Shell Houston Open. Not by any means the biggest purse on tour.
Scott and Appleby comes to the difficult last hole. Appleby trailing by 1. Next contender still on the course would be Bubba Watson, but he is trailing Appleby by 3.
First price is $990.000. Second is $594.000. A par by Watson would earn him $319.000.
So Scott and Appleby is fighting over the close to $400K difference between first and second. That is money anyone would play anyone a par 4 to earn.
Appleby may be thinking: Watson is three behind. I need to play for birdie. Worst I'll do is a bogey, and the birdie might earn me an "extra" $400K.
Scott may be thinking: Birdie is unlikely for anyone. A par here and the "extra" $400K is mine.
Appleby tee-off. Keeps it to the right and lands it in the fairway bunker. Safe, but not what he was asking for.
Scott may be thinking: Apples is in the bunker with 200 yards. A par will do.
Scott hits it into the water to the left.
Appleby in the bunker. He can tell that Scott need to drop more or less on the same distance as him. So the run for the $400K is TIED as this point. Are half of the $400K already earned?
Both players @ some 190 yards. Appleby in the bunker. Scott dropped on fairway. Same number of shots used. Margin of 2 to next player. Who will make the up and down?
Appleby hits it into the water. Devastated.
Scott fires it on the green, but away from the hole. Difficult putt.
Appleby gets it on the green in 4. Has a shot at holing for bogey.
Scott has 2 difficult putt for his par. Very unlikely. He just need a two-putt to win. He holes it.
Appleby obviously deflated. He two-putts for a double-bogey.
Only 7 birdies have been made on this hole all week. And Watson need a birdie to tie Appleby. So Apples can more or less consider the $594K as pocketed - or?
Well it turns out Watson makes his birdie. Steals a T2 with Appleby and gets $484.000.
- Scott earned the silly $990.000 even though he was in the water.
- Appleby lost $110.000 playing for birdie
- Watson gained the unlikely "extra" $165.000 by making birdie while Apples made a 6.