Following Phil Mickelson’s fumble on the 18th green at the Pebble Beach Pro-Am, we thought it would be appropriate to put together a collection of terrible misses.
Lefty had a five-foot put to force a playoff at Pebble Beach, but somehow conspired to miss it. It’s unlikely to be of any consultation, but he’s certainly not the first – and he won’t be the last – to come unstuck in such fashion.
Dustin Johnson – 2015 US Open
Johnson and Jordan Spieth battled down to the wire at Chambers Bay. Johnson had a chance to end his string of second-place finishes at majors with this 15-footer for eagle.
The ball rolled on by and the American needed to sink the return for a playoff, but alas.
Scott Hoch – 1989 Masters
The American entered a playoff at Augusta with Nick Faldo. After a superb approach shot, he needed to sink a two-footer for victory.
Hoch missed and Faldo went on to sink an impressive 22-foot putt on the very next hole to win his second major championship.
Rory McIlroy – 2014 BMW Championship
The Northern Irishman threw away his chance to win the 2014 BMW Championship in the final round with this spectacular four-putt from 19 feet.
He was world number one at the time, which just goes to show that no-one is safe from the cruelty of golf.
IK Kim – 2012 Kraft Nabisco Championship
South Korea’s IK Kim was just one foot away from her maiden LPGA Major victory, but her firm putt lipped out, cuing a priceless reaction.
The miss led to a playoff with fellow countrywoman Sun Young Yoo, who won with a birdie on the first playoff hole.
Joe Daley – Qualifying school
The PGA’s Qualifying School features a highly competitive group of players vying for their shot at the big time. Here is one Joe Daley experiencing a harsh lip-out from two feet. You can see what the miss means to the youngster, who was actually in the motion of fetching his ball.
Unfortunately, Daley would miss out on his Tour card by one stroke.
Ernie Els – 2014 Open
The big-hitting South African pulled his approach shot into the crowd, striking a spectator. Understandably eager to get off the opening green, he rushed his short putt… and the backhand that followed.
Never has the Big Easy felt so small.