The 5 Most Clutch Performances in Golf History
Golf is a game in which every single shot has an inherent value on the outcome of the tournament. This being said, there have been a countless number of players who have blown huge leads and have been labeled as choke artists. These five performances are the exact opposite of choke artists, as these performances are all worthy of being deemed the top golf performances of all time.
5. 1999 Ryder Cup: USA
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The 1999 Ryder Cup was probably the most drama filled Ryder Cup in history. The USA was trailing 10-6 to the Europeans heading into the final day of the tournament.
They proceeded to win the first 6 matches of the day, giving them the lead. Then, Jim Furyk gave the team their 8th point of the day. Justin Leonard then halved his match with Jose Maria Olazabal and the US team stormed onto the green at 17 celebrating this clutch comeback.
4. 2009 PGA Championship: YE Yang
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Yang trailed the one and only Tiger Woods by two shots entering the final round of the PGA Championship. Tiger was 14-0 when leading entering the final day of Major Championships, but Y.E. Yang had something to say about that.
He shrugged off the aura of Tiger and made shot after shot. This eventually resulted in him taking the lead away from Woods and winning the PGA Championships, making him the first Asian born golfer to win a major.
3. 1978 Masters: Gary Player
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Gary Player began the day seven shots back of leader Hubert Green entering the day. He proceeded to shoot a (-8) 64 to take a clubhouse lead at (-11) for the tournament.
Hubert struggled throughout the day to make any type of move ahead of Player, and finished even for the day. This gave Player his final green jacket and his final win ever in a major championship.
2. 1960 U.S. Open: Arnold Palmer
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The 1960 Masters was the introduction of Jack Nicklaus, then an amateur, to the general public. The only problem was Arnold Palmer was here to rain on the young kid's parade.
Arnold was trailing the leader by seven strokes going into the last round and rallied to shoot a 65 for his round, overtaking Ben Hogan and Jack Nicklaus. This tournament was essentially Jack Nicklaus' coming out party and Ben Hogan's going out party.
1. 2008 U.S. Open: Tiger Woods
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Yes, this was the tournament held at Torrey Pines and yes, Tiger Woods did win this tournament on virtually no knee and yes, this was Tiger Woods’ last major victory. Tiger had a slim lead going into the final day of the tournament and proceeded to slip to a tie with Rocco Mediate entering the 18th hole.
Tiger missed his first and second shots and was eventually left with a 12 foot put to force a playoff with Rocco. We all remember the putt and the reaction by Woods, as he would eventually win the playoff against Mediate essentially on one leg.