Major Meltdowns in Golf


Greg Norman, The Masters 1996
Oh this one hurts. Greg Norman had a six-shot lead over Nick Faldo in the final round, but after a 78 in the last round featuring five bogeys and two double bogeys, his six-shot lead fell to a five-shot deficit. Nick Faldo happily fitted into a green jacket. 

Jean Van de Velde, 1999 British Open
Van de Velde lead by three strokes heading into the final hole. After hitting the ball into the water, rolling up with pant legs to get in the water, then triple-bogeying the hole, he lost the tournament in a playoff. 

Rory McIlroy, The Masters 2011
Poor Rory, at the time the brightest potential the sport had to offer, but he learned the game the hard way. He led by four strokes heading into the final round. It all fell apart on the 10th hole with a triple-bogey, a double-bogey on the 12th, and he finished with an 80 and no green jacket. 

Adam Scott, 2012 U.S. Open
It’s bad enough the PGA took away Scott’s long putter, but four bogeys in a row wasn’t going to save him. 

Jordan Spieth
It was his tournament to win, and lose. And he lost it. He had a big lead coming into the 10th hole. Bogeys on the 10th and 11th holes were only a precursor for an ultimate implosion on the 12th. Too bad he only walked away with $880,000. Tough loss. 

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