U.S. Open

12 Stars Who Blew Their Last Shot At A Major (And One Who Didn't)

At 43, Phil Mickelson said 2013 might have been his last good chance to win a U.S. Open. But he shouldn't be too down: plenty of older players have competed in majors. It's finishing them off that's the problem

June 2013

Harry Vardon, 1920 U.S. Open

In 1920, Harry Vardon ventured to America to play his first U.S. Open since losing to Francis Ouimet seven years earlier and was on the verge of avenging his loss after building a five-shot lead with just five holes to play. Unfortunately, a late round collapse led to a 78, but it at least he was replaced by another golden oldie: 43-year-old Ted Ray, the eventual winner, who became at that time the oldest player to win a U.S. Open.
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