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22 Worst Chokes In Sports History



The golfer who brought the game to the masses and became one of the first players to enjoy significant fame outside the greens, Arnold Palmer (also known as the creator of a surprisingly addictive beverage) had his share of choke jobs, but the 1966 one was particularly rough.

The 1966 US Open was one of the most painful-to-watch sporting events in history. Six years prior, Palmer was seven shots behind in the final round, and won. In 1966, he had a seven shot lead – and managed to lose. He was playing against Billy Casper, with a seven-shot lead and nine holes to go. No way he could have blown that one.

But boy, did he blow it. So how, and why, did it happen? First of all, Palmer was a gambler. Second, he was out for a record, so he started firing at pins without a real plan. And he ended up with the single greatest collapse in the history of golf.

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