The Top 10 Biggest Sports #Fails of All Time
For athletes on the world stage, nothing is worse than choking under pressure. Here are the 10 most memorable transgressors
- By Jim Morrison
- Smithsonian.com, June 28, 2012
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The plot: Van de Velde seemed on his way to an improbable upset as the first Frenchman to win the Open since 1907 when he teed off on the final hole of the final round needing, ahead by three strokes.
The choke: Rather than play safely after his drive drifted into the rough, Van de Velde went for the green with a 2-iron. His shot sailed right, hit a grandstand and ricocheted back into knee-high rough. Rather than play it safe, he aimed for the green again, only to hit his ball weakly into a creek. He ended up in a playoff, losing to Paul Lawrie of Scotland.