Greatest Golf Collapses and Chokes of All Time (Part II)

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Golf entails an extreme level of mental challenges that must be overcome in order to succeed at the highest level. Unlike team sports, golfers do not have teammates to bail them out if they don’t perform; it’s all on them. One mistake can lead to a compound of errors that can be difficult to defeat, and even just one miscue can cost a player a championship.

However, some of the players in this video found redemption. I.K. Kim won the Women’s British Open in 2017. Kyle Stanley staged an 8 shot comeback the following week to win his first PGA Tour event at the Waste Management Phoenix Open. Retief Goosen won the 2001 U.S. Open the following day in an 18 hole Monday playoff over Mark Brooks. Even with Mark Calcavecchia’s collapse, the U.S. was able to hold on to win the Ryder Cup 14.5 to 13.5. Tom Watson would go on to win 8 major championships after his collapse. Ben Hogan would go on to win 9 majors after his choke at The Masters. Patty Sheehan won 4 majors after her 1990 collapse, including two U.S. Open victories. She was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1993. Lorena Ochoa won two majors after her collapse, and was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2017. Thanks for watching, I hope you enjoy the video.

Jean van de Velde, Greg Norman, and other collapses are in Part 1.
*Part I:

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*I own none of the clips in this video. All content belongs to CBS Sports, NBC Sports, ABC Sports, Golf Channel, the USGA, the PGA of America, the R&A, The Masters, and the Associated Press.* I do not make money from these videos; they are for entertainment purposes only.

*I own none of the music in this video, all credit goes to the following:
0:01 – “Interstellar” Main Theme – Hans Zimmer
4:16 – “You and Me” – Atis Freivalds
7:29 – “The Way” – Zack Hemsey
9:38 – “Interstellar” Main Theme – Hans Zimmer


Golf Focus says:

“THE MASTERS: Greatest Shots and Moments" and my Tiger Woods Comeback video were both taken down from YouTube last week, and my channel got hit with two copyright strikes. Because of this, I won't be able to re-upload them here without risk of having my channel terminated. Instead, I have uploaded the videos to Vimeo so that anyone who wants to watch them can view them over there. Thanks for the support! Link to ‘DEAR MASTERS’ and Tiger Comeback on Vimeo:

Richard Tattis says:

The Rules make the game great

Rob Wastman says:

They do that to give the rest of us hope.

M T says:

A collapse for the ages was Shooter McGavin!

Nuron666 says:

Why does womens golf always has men helping them with carrying all the equipment. And those men seem to be very touchy feely. It's time to change this.

Spencer Kraus says:

I just came from an epic Interstellar cover and then this video was recommended, of course because it's the background music 😅

Michael M says:

What about the 2006 bay hill invitational? Greg Owen blew a 2 shot lead on 17 & 18. 3 putted from 3 ft on 17 for a double and missed an easy putt on 18 that would’ve forced a playoff. Would have been his 1st and only on pga tour. He has1 on European tour, 1 on korn ferry tour and 1 on challenge tour but 0 on pga. Sad. Nice guy too

TheBatugan77 says:


TheBatugan77 says:

Heh heh heh heh…😀

Scott Kendall says:

Sad for these folks…. I know most are millionaires already, or, are very well off from just playing it…. but golf is such a cruel game, and yet so fun, hard to watch these collapses.

Kent Dowdy says:

like they say..hardest two things to do in all of sports, is to get in box and hit a major league fastball coming at you at 95mph, or hit a golf ball that doesnt move.

Smudge says:

A lot of dreams smashed right there

Loïs Dadon says:

Goosen won anyway…

david owens says:

I've never cared for the word 'choked' in reference to athletic competitions; I think it's a bullshit (and totally inaccurate) means of expressing what can happen to ANY competitor in high pressure competition. I prefer to think of it as 'yin' & 'yang'. Everything can be going your way and victory seems within easy reach; but yang can occur and suddenly your competition has the advantage. Nobody 'choked'; It's just the way life unfolds.

mike jones says:

This is hard to watch

Leroy Rodgers says:

Me watching Sergio

On 17: "Oh that's not a collapse a lot of people miss it short on seventee— Oh, oh ok wow, yeah that's pretty bad.

On 18: "Holy shit he is still going?"

JACOB says:

This shows the real battle is with the monster inside

Bigknocker says:

When I was 18 in 1972, and about a 7-handicap, I started a round of golf having birdied 3 of the first 4 holes. Had a 6-footer on #6 to go to 4 under. Rammed it by and missed the 4-footer coming back. I started thinking about my score and everything fell apart. I had 5 birdies that day and shot 9 over par for 18.

I returned to the same course some 30 years later, playing a round with my brother-in-law, and told him about my collapse in 1972 as we were walking down the 1st fairway.

Crazy thing was I again birdied 3 of the first 4 holes. This time however I ended up shooting 1-over for 18 holes, so I wasn't too disappointed.

If you play golf long enough, you're going to choke sometimes just playing casual golf with nothing on the line. I have a lot of compassion for the pros who collapse and miss out on wins that could be life changing.

Baby Yoda says:

Some of those was just the course being designed so unfair

2 Malachi says:

It's all fixed. Tiger's last Masters win thrown to him by Koepka and Molinari, both Nike players. All good entertainment.

Frankincensed says:

Imagine up by 11 on the final day and you lose by 1. That's the Yankees being up 3-0 in the 2004 ALCS and losing 4-3. Pain

James Patterson says:

Golf might be the easiest sport to have things go dramatically awful in a moment. It is such a mental challenge. These are painful to watch, but it could happen to anyone (except for Tiger, apparently).

Steve Hayward says:

The biggest collapse must be Greg Norman in the 1996 Masters. He started the final day with a six shot lead over Faldo and Norman shot a 78 to finish second to Faldo. I have never forgot that shocker

Joe Wieher says:

This video makes me sad

Michael Duggan says:

I've played about 36 rounds in my life and think golf is a great game . I still have my clubs , never say never but I haven't played in 5 yrs and I'm 63 . I may get out again , who knows , lol.

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