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The 10 Biggest Blowups on the PGA and LPGA Tour!

The 10 Biggest Blowups on the PGA and LPGA Tour!

The 10 Biggest Blowups on the PGA and LPGA Tour!
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Entering the final round of a PGA or LPGA Tour event, you know there will be drama somewhere on the back 9.  Particularly if the leader is in that position for the first time in his/her career.  It’s tough to win on Tour, but closing out that first victory or first Major Championship is even more challenging. (just ask Phil, Rory, Greg, and Jordan)   of Golf Digest has put together a great list of the top 10 blowups in PGA and LPGA Tour history.  Enjoy!

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MAMARONECK, NY – JUNE 18: Phil Mickelson stands on the 18th green after his last putt in the final round of the 2006 US Open Championship at Winged Foot Golf Club on June 18, 2006 in Mamaroneck, New York. Geoff Ogilvy won the championship by one stroke. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

The PGA Tour Twitter account routinely posts a “Golf is hard” segment, in which bad shots are showcased. The idea is that, hey, those chunks and slices and three-putts that are prevalent among us amateurs? It happens to the pros, too.

Kevin Na at the 2011 Texas Open.

At the ninth hole at TPC San Antonio, Na lost his drive into the woods, a shot which, while rare, is not unheard of in the top ranks. What garnered attention was the next shot — and the shot after that, and the shot after that, and the shot after that:

The final damage for Na was a 16. Frankly, the fact that he finished his round with an 80 is astonishing.

You’ll see that highlight at some point during this week’s coverage of the Valero Texas Open, which got us thinking: What are the worst single-hole blow-ups in golf history?

Yes, Na’s misadventures were the thing of nightmares, but it also came during his first round. For our list, we compiled meltdowns at critical moments, as the heightened stakes amplified the severity of the collapses. Moreover, we limited the field to just the last 20 years. Keeping those parameters in mind, here are the picks for the biggest single-hole disasters:

Jean Van de Velde, 1999 British Open

The English vernacular can’t properly capture the Grand Canyon’s majesty or the orotund beauty of Adele; these entities need to be seen, felt, experienced. The same applies to the glorious mess of van de Velde’s 72nd hole at Carnoustie:

Dustin Johnson, 2010 U.S. Open

Mishaps don’t have to come at the finale to submarine a round, as Johnson proved at Pebble Beach. DJ’s one-shot Saturday lead quickly evaporated on Sunday thanks to a triple on the second hole. An ensuing double at the third booted Johnson from the leader board, and he eventually finished in a tie for eighth.

Sergio Garcia, 2013 Players Championship

Sergio’s game is filled with numerous attributes. The “clutch” gene is not one of them.

Garcia was tied for the Sunday lead heading into TPC Sawgrass’ infamous par-3 17th. The Spaniard put his tee shot in the drink; his drop attempt fared no better:

Garcia left the island green with a quadruple bogey. He would also double the final hole, giving the 2013 tournament to Tiger Woods.

To see the rest of these spectacular blowup holes on the PGA and LPGA Tour, go here!

Source:   Golf Digest

Pictures: Getty Images

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