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Friday 19 September 2014

Golf's Most Memorable Meltdowns

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At the 1999 British Open, the Frenchman entered the final hole at Carnoustie with a three-shot advantage but he suffered the most dramatic collapse in the history of golf. Needing a double-bogey to secure a win. Van de Velde completely abandoned reason and logic as he choose to play aggressively and ended up in the deep rough. From there, he eventually had to take a drop and ultimately triple-bogeyed.He did enter a play-off with Scotland’s Paul Lawrie and Justin Leonard but never recovered from his meltdwon and Lawrie went on to win. (PA/PA)
At the 1999 British Open, the Frenchman entered the final hole at Carnoustie with a three-shot advantage but he suffered the most dramatic collapse in the history of golf. Needing a double-bogey to secure a win. Van de Velde completely abandoned reason and logic as he choose to play aggressively and ended up in the deep rough. From there, he eventually had to take a drop and ultimately triple-bogeyed.He did enter a play-off with Scotland’s Paul Lawrie and Justin Leonard but never recovered from his meltdwon and Lawrie went on to win. (PA/PA)
Rory World number one and defending champion, Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland looks at his club on the 18th hole. He would later walk off the course (Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)
Rory World number one and defending champion, Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland looks at his club on the 18th hole. He would later walk off the course (Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)
A double-bogey on his second hole irreparably damaged the South African’s confidence and he signed off for a final round 81 allowing unheralded New Zealander Michael Campbell to take the title. (BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)
A double-bogey on his second hole irreparably damaged the South African’s confidence and he signed off for a final round 81 allowing unheralded New Zealander Michael Campbell to take the title. (BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)

Rory McIlroy is not the first - and certainly won't be the last - golfer to have a very public 'moment' on the greens. Here are some of the most famous instances when golfers have buckled under the pressure.

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