The Masters

Most Heartbreaking Masters Moments

A look back at the most anguishing defeats at Augusta National

The Masters: Rory McIlroy

Part of the Masters' appeal is the potential for a thrilling finish at Augusta National. But often it means someone is left crushed in defeat as a result. Sometimes it's a collapse, sometimes, as was the case with Louis Oosthuizen falling short to Bubba Watson, the title is simply taken away by an opponent playing better. Sometimes it's a combination of the two. No matter how it happens, it's always memorable. Here are the moments through the years that left fans feeling the most for those players coming up just a little short.

Ben Hogan

1946: Ben Hogan

After a close call in 1942 and three years of there being no tournament during World War II, the Hawk was poised for his first major championship in 1946. But faced with an 18-footer for birdie and the win on the 72nd hole, Hogan ran his attempt past the cup by the distance he's demonstrating in the photo to the left. He missed the come-backer and Herman Keiser took home his only green jacket.
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