Best Oops Moment of the Decade

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Woody Austin

Best 'Oops' Moment of the Decade - Voting Results
  • Retief Goosen misses 2-foote to win 2001 U.S. Open - 12%
  • Leading the 2001 British Open, Ian Woosnam discovers he has too many clubs in his bag- 25%
  • Leading the 2003 Masters, Jeff Maggert hits self with bunker shot and makes triple bogey - 2%
  • Leading the 2003 British Open, Thomas Bjorn leaves two in the greenside bunker on 16 - 5%
  • Woody Austin falls into a lake trying to hit a shot during the 2007 Presidents Cup - 56%

Woody Austin could win a major championship. He could win four consecutive major championships. He could be elected into the World Golf Hall of Fame. And despite it all, many will forever remember him first and foremost for a 'splish-splash' moment at the 2007 Presidents Cup – or for banging a putter over his head [but that was a different decade].

Trying to hit a shot while standing in water on the 14th hole at Royal Montreal, Austin lost his balance on the follow-through and went plunging face first into the lake. It was a clumsily comic moment only the unpredictacle Austin could provide.

Ironically, he went on to make three birdies thereafter and helped his team halve a very important match.

Austin made light of the situation the following day when he donned a diving mask while walking up the 14th fairway. Phil Mickelson even gave him the nickname 'Aquaman.'


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Best Clutch Shot [Men]
Best Clutch Shot [Women]
Best Record-Setting Performance
Best Putt
Best Quote
Best Equipment Advancement
Best Player/Caddie Duo
Best Men's Major
Best Women's Major