5. 2009: Goosen and double disappointment
Retief Goosen knew all about the dangers of short putts on slick greens. He had been 22 inches from winning a U.S. Open in 2001 at Southern Hills, but he missed, winding up in an 18-hole playoff with Mark Brooks which, fortunately for Goosen, he won. In the 2009 Transitions Championship Goosen needed two putts from 25 feet to win. The first one slid 5 feet past the cup, but he nailed the second one to win in Tampa for the second time. Goosen’s final putt slammed the door on Charles Howell III, the Augusta native who needed a win to qualify for the Masters, and Brett Quigley, who was 0-for-341 in his PGA Tour career.