For some mysterious reason, perhaps due to being the first major of the year or taking place at a club with a controversial history, the Masters is a tournament that's hosted many heartbreaks. Seemingly unstoppable performances collapse on Sunday surprisingly often, but there are three particular upsets that stand out from the rest.
3. Arnold Palmer - 1961
Two titans of golf, Arnold Palmer and Gary Player, fought for the Masters title in 1961 to the final hole. The back bunker played a key role in the final result. Player, who was a group ahead of Palmer on Sunday, found the bunker on 18 but managed to make it up and down for par. Palmer was one shot ahead Player when he reached 18 and ended up in the same bunker. If he could manage the same up and down, he would win the tournament. Unfortunately, Palmer overshot the green out of the sand and missed a 15-foot putt for bogey, giving Play the championship at eight under par.
2. Scott Hoch - 1989
Scott Hoch was never on the list of top golfers in the world during his career, but he had his best chance to win a major tournament and put his name in the record books during then 1989 Masters. When Hoch reached Hole 17, he had a one shot lead over rival Nick Faldo. He bogeyed 17 and ended up in a tie with Faldo after 18. In the first playoff hole, Hoch made a great 2nd shot onto the green, setting himself up for a birdie. Tragically, he missed his 3-foot putt for birdie and then lost on the next hole when Faldo sunk a 25 footer.
1. Greg Norman - 1996
If this list were longer, Greg Norman would be on it more than once. In 1987, after playing four rounds of fantastic golf, Norman entered into a three-way playoff with Larry Mize and Seve Ballesteros only to lose on the 11th hole after Mize chipped the ball in to earn the title. Norman's loss in 1996 was all about his own collapse rather than someone else's great play. With a six-shot lead going into the final round, the Shark began a string of bogeys on the ninth hole. By the end of the round, he had shot a whopping 78 and lost the lead to Nick Faldo. A famous shot of Norman collapsing to his knees is still one of the most notorious images in golf.