The Masters can inflict pain like no other tournament

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“Ed Sneed needs one par in three holes to win the Masters, and we never heard from him again,” Gary Player said recently.

2. ROBERTO DE VICENZO: One year after the Argentine captured the British Open, De Vicenzo was on the cusp of winning the 1968 Masters until he made a bogey on the 18th hole to fall into a tie with Bob Goalby.

The bogey turned out to be the least of his problems. He still closed with a 65, only that’s not what was on the scorecard kept by Tommy Aaron. The birdie 3 that De Vicenzo made on the 17th to take the lead had been entered as a 4, and De Vicenzo signed his card. Under the Rules of Golf, if a score on the card is lower than what a player made, the penalty is disqualification. If the score is higher, it stands. The 65 became a 66. Instead of a playoff, he was a runner-up.

That led to one of the most famous lines in golf from De Vicenzo: “What a stupid I am.”

1. GREG NORMAN: No other player symbolizes heartbreak at Augusta National than the Shark.

His best opportunity was in 1996, when Norman set a major championship record by blowing a six-shot lead in the final round to Nick Faldo. Ten years earlier, Norman ran off four straight birdies late in the round to tie Jack Nicklaus, only to hit 4-iron from the 18th fairway into the gallery to make bogey.

But the most crushing blow was in 1987.

At the previous major, the 1986 PGA Championship, Norman lost on the final hole when Bob Tway holed out from a bunker. At the Masters, he had the upper hand on the second hole of a playoff against Larry Mize, who had missed the green at No. 11 well to the right. Mize chipped across the 11th green, and it was picking up speed when it rammed into the pin and dropped for birdie.

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