The second, and typically most difficult scoring, major of the year is quickly approaching. Typically, we enjoy focusing on the historically incredible performances of major sporting events. Rory McIlroy’s 2011 U.S. Open, Jordan Spieth’s 2015 Masters, or Tiger’s 2008 U.S. Open win on a torn ACL are a few recent ones that come to mind. While we always remember the greats, today let’s go the opposite direction and look at some of the worst collapses in a major in golf history.Let’s hope that whoever you
draft for your DraftKings lineupfor this years’ US Open doesn’t end up on this list next year.
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Dustin Johnson: 2015 US Open, 2010 US Open, 2016 PGA Championship
Dustin Johnson has had his fair share of mishaps in Majors throughout the course of his career. He blew a 3 shot lead on Sunday of the 2010 US Open, at Pebble Beach, a course he had already won two tournaments at, by shooting an 82 on the final day. Later that year, Dustin knocked himself out of a potential playoff on Sunday on the PGA Championship when he grounded his club and was penalized two strokes.
Most recently, in 2015, Dustin Johnson had a 12 foot eagle putt that would’ve won him the tournament (of which he still had a 2 shot lead through 9 on Sunday). Having missed the 12 footer for eagle and the win, he had a 3 foot putt for Birdie to force a playoff. Well, Dustin missed that too, wasting away another opportunity at his first major. Not everyone was upset about that miss however, it gave Jordan Spieth his second major win of the year and won carlbassewitz the
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Phil Mickelson: 2006 US Open
Heading into the 2006 US open, all anyone could talk about was that it would be Tiger’s first major since his father’s death. By the end of the day Sunday, all anyone could do was wonder why Phil didn’t just pitch out onto the fairway on the 18th at Winged Foot. Phil came into the tournament having won two majors in a row and carried a stroke lead over Geoff Ogilvy, the eventual winner, heading into the 18th. We’ve all sliced a ball off the tee. We’ve all tried to hit a ball through a bunch of trees. We’ve all hit said trees to have the ball bounce back seemingly to the same spot where we just hit it from. We’ve all then wondered why we didn’t pitch out onto the green when we knew that was the smart play in the first place. But then instead we hammer away at the ball again and end up buried in the bunker. But none of us have done that in succession on National TV, except Phil, who was going for that US Open win that still eludes him to this day.
Adam Scott: 2012 British Open
Adam Scott had a 4 stroke lead over Ernie Els heading into the 15th hole Sunday of the 2012 British Open. Adam Scott bogied the last 4 holes of the 2012 British Open. Despite hitting an approach shot within 7 feet on 18, he and his belly putter missed a par putt that would’ve forced a playoff and given Scott a chance to win his first major.
Greg Norman: 1996 Masters
For the talent Norman had, it’s hard to believe he didn’t win more majors; especially when you look at the number of times he carried a lead into Sunday. No Major highlighted his inability to close than the 1996 Masters when he blew a 6 shot lead on Sunday. Norman shot a record setting 63 on Thursday, but then went on to shoot a 78 on Sunday and ended up losing by 5 strokes to the eventual winner Nick Faldo.
P.S. Him and Woody Harrelson look like they are twins
Jordan Spieth: 2016 MastersThe 12th hole at Augusta doesn’t look like it’d be any fun at all. Beautiful, sure, but I think it’s a hole where everyone in your group would agree that mulligan’s are fair game. You’ve got a green that’s long east and west, but terribly narrow north and south with big deep bunkers behind it and a body of water in front of it. If you hit it to short you’ll roll off the green into the water and if you’re too long you leave yourself with a really difficult bunker shot to get up and down from. And this is the hole that got the better of golf’s newest phenom Jordan Spieth. Jordan put not one, but two balls into the water on Sunday, blowing his lead and unable to win back to back Green Jackets.
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Jean van de Velde: 1999 British Open
Jean van de Velde had a 3 stroke lead on the 18th hole of the final round of the British Open. In other words, the guy could’ve made DOUBLE BOGEY and still won the tournament. Instead, this is the image Jean is remembered by.
A triple bogey later, van de Velde found himself now facing a playoff against Paul Lawrie, and believe it or not, van de Velde didn’t bounce back after that collapse and lost the playoff.
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