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Chalmers in final-round train wreck

NZN 17/07/2016 Darren Walton

Greg Chalmers has outdone Jason Day with two shanks in one calamitous hole in a spectacular final-round train wreck at the British Open.

Chalmers' quadruple bogey eight on the notorious railway hole was the low point in a nightmare round of 85 that also featured four doubles and left the West Australian last among the 81 players to make the cut.

Yet one of golf's gentlemen of the fairways still managed to tell his tale of woe with a smile on his face.

"I drove it right in the rough and thought I could move a three iron up by the green," Chalmers told AAP after finishing at 21-over.

"It didn't even look that hard. I just had a weird kind of stance and I shanked it. I lost balance and then I shanked my second one after I dropped that.

"Had to go find that, take a penalty drop, got it up and I was just a mess after that."

Chalmers admitted his game was in no shape on championship Sunday to match the brutal nature of the Royal Troon course.

"It was cold and blowing a mile and really hard to control the golf ball this morning and I didn't have my best game," he said.

"It seemed like every time I made a mistake, I got really penalised for it, turned bogeys into doubles and some doubles into a quad.

"The scary thing is I shot 14 over but I was even-par standing on the seventh tee, so I managed to play the last 12 holes in 14 over.

"You can't tell me there's good golf in that."

The 42-year-old, who qualified for the Open by winning his first US PGA Tour event in 386 starts a fortnight ago, said it got to a point late in his round when all he wanted was a par.

"Then I said to my caddie: 'Can I just hit one green in regulation?' I think we managed two," Chalmers said.

Despite the collapse, Chalmers skipped out of the press room and into the arms of waiting family to share a laugh.

"It's been a fabulous week. It really has. I can't complain at all," he said.

"I know I'm going to finish pretty much dead last but it's been just a fabulous experience, from winning a couple of weeks ago to all the feedback I got from that and being here at the British Open. I've got family here.

"A bad day, but welcome to golf. That happens sometimes and we'll move on to next week."

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