Every year we see Jacks putt in 86 - again and again and 'yes sir' again! It does get the Masters juices flowing. What we dont see nearly as often is the dark side. Sure glory fills so many Masters Sundays. But theres misfortune waiting as well. In 1989 at number 10 Scott Hoch had two and a half feet to win. Had his name been Smith the miss wouldve been easier to endure, because Hoch unfortunately rhymes the nastiest five letter word in sports. Nick Faldo won on the next playoff hole.
The 11th grabbed Raymond Floyd a year later. He led by four heading to the final round. At 47 he was attempting to outdo Jack as the oldest Masters champ, but a poorly struck 7 iron into the pond left opened the back door for Faldo to win back to back playoff titles. One of the games iciest competitors, Floyd admitted the pressure got to me.
The likes of Nicklaus and Watson used to call 12 the hardest hole on the course. They get no argument from Dan Forsman, who trailed Bernhard Langer by one in the final round 1993. Forsman made quadruple bogey 7, and eloquently noted that he felt like hed painted a moustache on the Mona Lisa.
At least he was two better than Payne Stewart, who made 9 at the 12th in contention Sunday in 1985.
The 13th is littered with broken dreams. In 1954 amateur Billy Joe Patton gambled and lost; he made double and missed the Snead/Hogan playoff by a shot. Snead won.
In 1985 Curtis Strange arrived there with a two shot lead on Bernhard Langer, after opening the tournament with 80! A four-wood from 208 came up short, and the miracle comeback was over.
In 2000 David Duval, baffled by shifting winds, misfired on a five iron from 196 and Vijay Singh went on to win.
Even the best arent immune. Tiger a year ago, charging after eagle at 13, hit it in the water at 15 and though he did make par, his momentum stalled and he lost to Zach by two.
Greg Norman suffered his final, painful dagger at 16 in 1996, trailing by two though it felt like 22. His walk to that green nothing short of sad
Norman never won but Hogan and Palmer did so people tend to forget that Hogan missed a two-foot putt to tie Herman Kaiser on 18 in 1946.
And Arnie botched a sand shot at the final hole in 1961 with a one stroke lead, made double and handed the tournament to Gary Player.
Misfortune lurks even after the last shots been hit. 40 years ago Roberto DiVicenzo was set for a playoff with Bob Goalby. But playing partner Tommy Aaron accidentally gave DiVicenzo a par on number 17 when hed actually made birdie. DiVicenzo signed the card and lost by one, the classy Argentine uttering the famous line, what a stupid I am.
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