The Greatest Collapses at the U.S. Open
From Arnold Palmer to Phil Mickelson, a look back at some major meltdowns.
Released on 6/18/2015
|Executive Producer:||Harris Levinson|
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You know, the U.S. Open is by its nature.
It's the choke open.
It's where people give away leads
because it's so hard to keep playing well
when the pressure's on 'cause the margin of error
is so small, it's the smallest.
The worst U.S. Open collapse I can think of
is Dustin Johnson in 2010.
Had absolutely torn up the course
through three rounds and here he comes out on Sunday
with a three shot lead.
Absolutely has a meltdown and just like that
five shots are gone.
He ended up shooting an 82.
That's gotta be one that really stings.
Gil Morgan, Pebble Beach, 1992.
He was the first gut to ever get it
to double digits under par in a U.S. Open.
He got to 12 under par and no one had ever gotten to 10.
He had a seven stroke lead.
Suddenly it just becomes this free fall.
[Guy] You just saw a guy kinda like slowly bleed to death.
It was torture to watch.
Arnold Palmer in 66 at Olympic Club.
He had a seven stroke lead with nine to go.
The excitement of trying to win the Open
'cause Arnold had lost a couple playoffs already
in the U.S. Open.
There was a mental burden there.
Wanting to break Hogan's record,
which he says was the key.
Billy Casper shot 32.
I think that's something that's forgotten
and Arnold shot 39.
We've seen a lot of 39s in U.S. Opens
that didn't end up costing people the tournament,
but it was just wrong place, wrong time.
The U.S. Open collapse that sticks with me the most
is Phil Mickelson at Winged Foot in 2006.
Well you have to remember what Mickelson was going for
at that U.S. Open was three majors in a row
and the U.S. Open.
Giving him that national title,
would have catapulted him
into a totally different stratosphere in the history
of the game.
He's an all-time great yes,
but it was a chance to join the really all-time greats.