Six of the Best... Augusta chokers

Players who let their chances slip

Tue, 22 Mar 2011
Six of the Best... Augusta chokers

The US Masters is just two weeks away and as usual conjures up memories of great shots at the cathedral in the pines that is Augusta National Golf Club. It also brings back recollection of what might have been for players poised to secure their place in history with a green jacket but who just fell short.

We're reluctant to say they choked but they will forever be associated with an opportunity they let slip by. Here's six to consider and we're sure you can come up with others.

Ed Sneed, 1979

A member of the Ryder Cup team in 1977, Sneed was an experienced journeyman on Tour and started the final round five shots clear of the chasing pack. He wobbled around Amen Corner but still held a comfortable three-stroke advantage over his rivals on the 16th tee.

He played perfect tee-to-green golf on the 16th, 17th and 18th - but missed makeable par putts on each hole to drag himself back into a play-off with Tom Watson and Fuzzy Zoeller. He finally lost out to Zoeller on the second extra hole - the first and only time that a green jacket has gone to a player making his first Masters appearance.