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Golf Australia Express : GA Express 190
POOR Jean Van de Velde always ends up at the top of any list of chokers or meltdowns. And with good reason. Up by three shots with one hole to play at the 1999 Open, Van de Velde first found the rough, then the burn, then a bunker on his way to a triple-bogey that saw him land in a playoff that he eventually lost against Paul Lowrie. To this day those 15 minutes are still excruciating to watch. And yet watch we will. LORENA Ochoa had battled into contention in the final round of the US Open in 2005 and could have won with a birdie on the final hole at Cherry Hills Golf Club. But birdies don’t often happen when you take a divot with your driver and plough your ball left into the water off the tee. It got worse, too, with her second drive finding the rough and her next shot hitting the grandstand. When the dust settled she carded a quadruple-bogey and finished four shots back. PEBBLEBeach in 2010 was the start of Dustin Johnson's major close-calls. And it began when he shot 11-over in the final round to blow a three-stroke lead and a gilt-edged chance to become a major champion. His lead lasted only two holes, after a mind-blowingly dumb series of events at the 2nd. Having landed his approach in thick grass next to a greenside bunker, he elected to hit left-handed with his club inverted. The ball dribbled about four feet, so he moved onto his next shot and hit so far underneath the ball that it popped straight up in the air. His next chip found the green and set up a three-foot putt for double- bogey. Johnson missed that too. Hello triple-bogey. Goodbye tournament. ELS HAS form when it comes to brain explosions. There wasn’t a person watching the final round of the 2007 Alfred Dunhill Championship at Leopard Creek Country Club who didn’t think Els had the thing sewn up when he blasted his tee shot into the middle of the par-5 18th fairway while enjoying a two-stroke lead. He could have played it safe and laid up short of the pond at the front of the green, but chose to chance his arm. No prizes for guessing where his ball wound up. He played his fourth shot from the drop zone but chunked it badly, sending that one to a watery grave, too. He finally found the putting surface with his sixth shot, leaving himself 10 feet to force a playoff with John Bickerton, but couldn’t connect, and went down by a single shot. JEAN VAN DE VELDE 1999 OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP DUSTIN JOHNSON 2010 US OPEN LORENA OCHOA 2005 US WOMEN'S OPEN ERNIE ELS 2007 ALFRED DUNHILL CHAMPIONSHIP RELIVE VAN DE VELDE'S EPIC MELTDOWN AT THE '99 OPEN
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