The Worst Putts of All Time

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I.K. Kim, 2012 Kraft Nabisco Championship Kim missed a one-foot putt to win the 2012 Kraft Nabisco Championship, the first LPGA major of 2012, and later lost in a playoff to Sun Young Yoo. Here are some other famous examples of pros missing short putts in crucial spots.
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Phil Mickelson: 2011 British Open Mickelson started the final round with five birdies in his first seven holes to take a share of the lead with Darren Clarke. But Mickelson missed a two-foot par putt on the 11th hole at Royal St. George's, his first of four bogeys in six holes. Clarke won the tournament.
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Retief Goosen: 2001 U.S. Open Goosen missed a two-foot par putt on the 72nd hole at Southern Hills that would have won the U.S. Open. However, this story has a happy ending. Goosen prevailed over Mark Brooks in an 18-hole playoff the next day to win his first U.S. Open.
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Stewart Cink: 2001 U.S. Open Stewart Cink's miss at Southern Hills that year did not have a happy ending. He thought he needed to make a 15-foot par putt to have a chance. He missed and hurried the bogey try from 18 inches, missing it and making double. It turned out that two putts would have been good enough to make the playoff with Goosen and Brooks.
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Scott Hoch: 1989 Masters On the first hole of a playoff with Nick Faldo, Hoch missed a two-foot par putt for the win. On the second playoff hole, Faldo drained a 25-foot birdie putt for the title.
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Craig Stadler: 1985 Ryder Cup Perhaps the turning point of the 1985 Ryder Cup at the Belfry was Craig Stadler's blowing a 14-inch putt at the final hole of the Day 2 morning four-ball. Instead of winning the match with his partner, Curtis Strange, they halved with Sandy Lyle and Bernhard Langer. Team Europe went on to win the Ryder Cup, the first time the Americans had not retained the cup since 1957.
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Hale Irwin: 1983 British Open Irwin whiffed on a two-inch putt on the 14th hole at Royal Birkdale in the third round. He would finish one stroke behind winner Tom Watson. (Irwin photo is from the 1983 Masters.)
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Hubert Green: 1978 Masters One shot back of Gary Player, who had finished earlier with a 64, Green nailed his approach to 3 1/2 feet (some say 3 feet) at 18. He crouched over his putt -- then backed away when he heard the radio announcer describing the scene. (Turned out to be Jim Kelly, who later found employment as a golf announcer for ESPN.) Green settled in again, and pushed his putt to the right.
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Doug Sanders: 1970 British Open Sanders missed a three-foot putt on the 72nd hole at St. Andrews that would have won the tournament. He lost in a playoff to Jack Nicklaus.
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Ben Hogan: 1946 Masters In his first post-war Masters, Hogan trailed unheralded Herman Keiser by one. Hogan hit his approach onto the 18th green, 12 feet above the hole. (Hogan's own account, quoted in Curt Sampson's "Hogan" book, said 15 feet, but most accounts said 12.) If he made it he would win. Hogan gently tapped the putt and missed. Hogan claimed it rolled four feet by, but three other accounts have it listed at 2 and 2 1/2 feet. Hogan missed the comebacker as well, with one account stating it didn't touch the hole. In this photo, Hogan shows Keiser [middle] and Bobby Jones [right] how short his putt was.