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Goosen misses the 3-footer on 18 on Sunday
While these tournaments came close, they fell just short of making this list. In no particular order:
2001 - Walking down the 18th fairway at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Retief Goosen held a one-shot lead over clubhouse leader Mark Brooks and playing partner Stewart Cink. Cink, putting first, lagged his putt up to the hole.
Rather than let Goosen putt, Cink decided to putt out to let Goosen finish last for victory, as is customary in the golf world. Cink missed the two-footer, putting him one-shot behind Brooks.
Cink's face is now timeless in golf history as he watched in horror as Goosen three-putted for bogey from 15 feet, placing him in a Monday playoff with Brooks for the trophy.
If Goosen's Monday victory had been anything but the least entertaining playoff in U.S. Open history, this tournament would be on that list.
2009 - Some may disagree, but I thought this was one of the most entertaining finishes in U.S. Open history, even though Lucas Glover ended up winning by two shots in a relatively unremarkable fashion.
On the back nine on Sunday at Bethpage Black, New York's adopted son Phil Mickelson was trying to charge toward his first U.S. Open title. Add in the unlikely—and that's an understatement— emergence of David Duval as a contender for the title, and you had two players that the public would have loved to see win.
Unfortunately, it didn't happen.
1984 - Tied for the lead on the 18th hole at Winged Foot, golf's greatest bridesmaid, Greg Norman, was tied for the lead. Facing a 45 foot putt for par, Norman dropped it in to the crowd's delight.
Co-leader Fuzzy Zoeller waved his white towel in surrender in one of golf's iconic moments. Unfortunately, the playoff was far from iconic, as Zoeller dominated Norman in an eight shot victory.
1955 - At the time, Hogan—and the rest in attendance at the Olympic Club in San Francisco—figured the all-time great had wrapped his record fifth U.S. Open title. Little did "The Hawk" know that a youngster was coming for him.
In one of the game's greatest upsets, Jack Fleck finished birdie-par-par-birdie to tie the great Ben Hogan.
Hogan, possibly surprised by the fact that he had to play again on Monday, lost by three in the playoff.
1931 - In perhaps the longest golf tournament of all-time, Billy Burke outlasted George von Elm in a 72-hold playoff. Yes, you read that right, a 72 hole playoff.
Back in those days, the players had to play a 36 hole playoff. Since Burke and von Elm tied after the first one, they had to get after it again the next day.
1946 - Tied after 72 holes, the great Byron Nelson, Vic Ghezzi and Lloyd Mangrum had to play an 18-hole Monday playoff at the Canterbury Golf Club outside of Cleveland. This was the first U.S. Open played in five years due to WWII.
Shockingly, all three tied in the first playoff round when all shot a 72. Playing their second round of the day in a violent thunderstorm, Mangrum shot a fantastic 72 while Nelson and Ghezzi finished one shot back.