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

Credits

Executive Producer: Harris Levinson

Transcript

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