CARNOUSTIE, Scotland - Jean Van de Velde isn't here, which, of course, is a shame. Because he and Carnoustie will be as one, for as long as they play this goofy game. That's how it is when you suffer perhaps the most gruesome meltdown this game has ever witnessed.
In case you've been stranded with Gilligan and the gang for way too long, 8 years ago the Frenchman fumbled away a three-stroke lead on the 72nd hole of the British Open here, then finished third in a three-way, four-hole playoff. The image of him standing barefooted in the Barry Burn, pondering whether to hit what would have been his fourth shot out of the wet stuff, remains hauntingly timeless.