His buggy traveling the wrong way along the 11th fairway Sunday, Graeme McDowell sat hunched over with his elbows on his knees.
''I was thinking, 'That wasn't very good,' '' he said, '''that wasn't very smart, and there goes my Open Championship.'''
Needing to play his second shot like the US Open champion he was in 2010, he instead played it like a Sunday-morning hacker.
From the middle of the fairway, he duck-hooked a hybrid 150 yards straight into the trees on the left, only narrowly missing hitting a bunched gallery.
McDowell trawled through the deep rough and picked his way through the shrubs with his caddie, Ken Comboy, and the host of spotters. But the ball was lost.
So was his British Open.
McDowell hopped onto the back of the buggy and was driven back up the fairway to retake the shot.
''It's the longest walk in golf, and believe me, the cart ride doesn't make it feel any shorter,'' McDowell said. ''It was gone for me.''
The Northern Irishman wound up bogeying the h...