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My Five: Most Painful Short Misses

January 12, 2011
Editor's Note: Jaime Diaz compiled this list of memorable and costly short misses in January 2011. I.K. Kim's miss from one foot at the Kraft Nabisco Championship surely merits consideration as well. Kim's putt would have clinched the win. Instead she went on to lose in a playoff to Sun Young Yoo.
Sam Snead

1. Sam Snead, 1947 U.S. Open

Snead's Achilles heel was short putting, and his miss on the 18th hole of the playoff with Lew Worsham at St. Louis C.C. hurt more than any other. Snead had led by two with three to play, but the pair came to the last tied. After Worsham chipped close, Snead left his 18 footer short. As he got ready to putt out, Worsham stopped him to question who was away. Rules official Ike Grainger measured the putts, determining that Snead was 30 inches away and Worsham 29 . But the delay took five minutes, and when Snead finally putted he missed weakly to the right. Worsham then made his. It started Snead on a long bout of the yips that didn't end until he won 11 tournaments in 1950. The yips would return, and of course, Snead never won the U.S. Open.
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