A look back at the wildest endings of the past 25 years at the golf season's final major
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This one had a bit of everything. A spectacular setting, clutch playing, major gagging and yes, a rules controversy. Unfortunately for Martin Kaymer, his first major victory will be remembered just as much for Dustin Johnson throwing a way a chance to win by unknowingly grounding his club in one of Whistling Straits' countless bunkers on the 72nd hole. The penalty knocked him out of a playoff with Kaymer and Bubba Watson, which the German won.
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As was the case in 2010, Whistling Straits' first go-round as a major-championship venue also provided plenty of excitement. After three days of relatively easy scoring, Sunday turned into a survival test as big-name contenders like Phil Mickelson, Ernie Els, Justin Leonard and Darren Clarke all shot over par. Meanwhile, 54-hole leader Vijay Singh didn't make a birdie in regulation on his way to a 76, but made one in the first hole of a three-man playoff that he eventually won over Leonard and Chris DiMarco.