For Brian Watts, The 127th Open will always be the one that got away.
Watts led for 54 holes of the Championship at Royal Birkdale in 1998 and held a two-shot lead going onto the back nine but was reeled in by Mark O’Meara.
Needing a birdie on the last to win, he got his fiendishly tough bunker shot within six inches but lost out to O’Meara in the subsequent play-off.
A year later Watts put in his second-best Open performance, a tie for 24th, and made the cut at all four majors.
Making his name on the Japan Golf Tour, the Montreal-born golfer had an otherwise unremarkable record at The Open, missing the cut three times in seven appearances.
A catalogue of injuries curtailed Watts’ career in 2005.