Top three US Open meltdowns

With lightning fast greens and thick rough, the US Open is notoriously hard to win among the four majors, but the course cannot always be blamed.

Here we take a look at three of the more recent dramatic collapses.

Colin Montgomerie
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Not many have suffered more US Open heartbreak than Monty – one of several players down the years to have been called the ‘greatest player never to win a major.’

Monty went close to victory in the US Open on three occasions. A play-off defeat at Oakmont in 1994, a missed five-footer to hand Ernie Els the title at Congressional in 1996, and most memorably at Winged Foot in 2006.

Montgomery stood on the 18th tee knowing a par would put him top of the leaderboard with just one group to follow, and after a perfect tee shot everything looked to be going to plan.

Then, he fluffed his seven-iron right, chipped out and three-putted for a double to finish one behind winner Geoff Ogilvy.

Phil Mickelson
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Phil Mickelson is another who has had his fair share of US Open disappointment, finishing second on no less than six occasions.

But like Montgomery, it is Winged Foot in 2006 that will forever haunt him if he fails to complete his career slam.

Like Monty, Mickelson also stood at the final hole needing a par to win. He then proceeded to play one of the worst holes of his career, clattering his drive into a corporate tent.

His three iron second shot hit a tree and rolled back to him, before his third plugged in a bunker. It took him three more to get down, leaving Mickelson to say, “I am such an idiot” and Geoff Ogilvy an unlikely winner.

Dustin Johnson
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Dustin Johnson is making a habit of losing tournaments from winning positions, and there is no better example of this than his painful experience at Chambers Bay last year.

Leading by two after the front nine, Johnson’s game started to unravel when he started missing putts, leaving him needing a birdie on the last to force a play-off.

Two great shots hit under immense pressure left him with an eagle chance from just 12 feet. What happened next will haunt him forever as he three-putted to hand Jordan Spieth the title.

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