Perhaps not surprisingly, most of the near misses came at the Masters, the one major played at the same course each year and where experience and wiliness probably count the most. I remember a handful of these, from No. 8 on. In fact, last night I watched a Golf Channel replay of the 2009 British Open at Turnberry. It's still hard to watch, especially the playoff (but I turned it off before then).
|Jimmy Demaret and Ben Hogan (USGA Museum)|
Jenkins cleared up a few other things, too, but I'll save them for another time.
1. Harry Vardon, age 50, 1920 U.S. Open
Vardon shot 42 on the final nine and missed a playoff with Ted Ray by one stroke.
2. Ben Hogan, age 47, 1960 U.S. Open
Hogan was tied for the lead with a few holes left, but finished bogey, triple bogey.
3. Jimmy Demaret, age 51, 1962 Masters
The three-time winner shot 71-70 on the weekend.
4. Sam Snead, age 51, 1963 Masters
Sam was tied with three holes left.
5. Ben Hogan, age 54, 1967 Masters
Shot a back-nine 30 on Saturday to get within two of the 54-hole lead.
6. Julius Boros, age 52, 1973 U.S. Open
Tied for 54-hole lead.
7. Sam Snead, age 62, 1974 PGA Championship
Three shots in arrears to winner Lee Trevino.
8. Raymond Floyd, age 49, 1992 Masters
Tied for the lead after 62 holes before losing to Fred Couples.
9. Jack Nicklaus, age 58, 1998 Masters
Jack closed with a 68 and was within two of the lead at one point on Sunday.
10. Greg Norman, age 53, 2008 British Open
Took a two-shot lead into final round.
11. Kenny Perry, age 49, 2009 Masters
Bogeyed the last two holes and lost in a playoff to Angel Cabrera.
12. Tom Watson, age 59, 2009 British Open
You probably remember this painful one.
13. Miguel Angel Jimenez, age 50, 2014 Masters
Fired 66-72 on the weekend.