Kevin Na, 16, 2011 Valero Texas Open, par-4 9th hole, TPC San Antonio
Arriving at the ninth tee, Na sat at one under, just a few shots from the lead. 16 shots later... Na arrived on the 10th tee. What happened in between Na will never forget. According to the Associated Press, Na's disaster "included an unplayable lie from the tee, a two-stroke penalty after the ball ricocheted off a tree and struck him, and five consecutive strokes from the woods." And all of it was captured live on TV.
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Tom Weiskopf, 13, 1980 Masters, par-3 12th hole, Augusta National
Tom Weiskopf's place in Masters history is secure with his four runner-up finishes (1969, 1972, 1974, and the epic showdown with Jack Nicklaus and Johnny Miller in 1975). But he also holds a more ignominious honor: the highest score ever recorded on the famous par-3 12th: 13. It happened in the first round of the 1980 Masters. According to Augusta.com, Weiskopf's 7-iron off the tee spun back in to Rae's Creek. Then from the drop area, he dunked four more. With his 11th shot, he reached the back of the green. At least he didn't three-putt.
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Arnold Palmer, 12, 1961 Los Angeles Open, par-5 18th hole, Rancho Park Golf Course
Asked how he made 12, Arnold Palmer told reporters, "I missed my putt for 11," according to USA Today. He didn't mention the four shots he hit OB. Palmer knows that a big score makes a good story: he lists the 12 as one of his "80 Most Significant Moments" on ArnoldPalmer.com.
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John Daly, 18, 1998 Bay Hill Invitational, par-5 6th hole, Bay Hill Golf Course
Did Daly watch Tin Cup too many times before trying to drive it 320 yards over water to the C-shaped sixth hole at Bay Hill? Maybe. According to Alan Shipnuck's story in Sports Illustrated, Daly said it was a case of courage trumping wisdom. "I've been working on my patience all year, and I guess after 32 holes my patience ran out," he said. "I'm not ashamed of what I did. I didn't quit, I was just a little too determined." He wasn't a quitter, but he did card the highest score on a PGA Tour hole since 1983, a record that still holds today.
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John Daly, 11, 1999 U.S. Open, par-4 8th hole, Pinehurst No. 2
John Daly wasn't as sanguine after making 11 on Sunday at the U.S. Open as he was after his 18 at Bay Hill. "It's not worth it. This is my last U.S. Open — ever," Daly said after finishing dead last. You can watch the video here. (May not be appropriate for sensitive viewers, and not just because of Daly's sunglasses.)
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Tommy Nakajima, 13, 1978 Masters, par-5 13th hole, Augusta National
Nakijama had his name etched into the game with his 9 on St. Andrews 17th hole at the 1978 British Open. He putted off the green and into the road bunker and for a while it looked like he'd never return, which is why that bunker is still called, "The Sands of Nakajima." However, that wasn't even Nakajima's worst hole at a major that year. He carded a 13 on Augusta National's famous Azalea hole. "I promised myself to make an eagle but I tried too hard, so I messed up," Nakajima told reporters afterward, according to Augusta.com.
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Phil Mickelson, 9, 2008 U.S. Open, par-5 13th hole, Torrey Pines South
Of all the tournaments Phil Mickelson wanted to win, the U.S. Open at his hometown course was probably one of the biggest. Still, Golf Magazine's Cameron Morfit said Mickelson was in a "strangely bubbly mood" after making a 9 on Saturday that effectively put him out of contention. "Oh, no, I've had a 9 on 13," Mickelson said. "I mean I was 8 years old, but ... "
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Billy Casper, 14, 2005 Masters, par-3 16th hole, Augusta National
The 1970 Masters champion, Billy Casper deserved a better Masters sendoff then the one he received, making a 14 at age 73 on the par-3 16th in 2005 after dropping five balls in the water, according to The New York Times. It was Casper's last Masters.
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Porky Oliver, 16, 1953 Bing Crosby Pro-Am, par 3 16th hole, Cypress Point Golf Club
Oliver actually won here in 1940 before making his infamous 16 in 1953. One of the great forgotten characters of the game, Oliver lived up to his name, fluctuating between 220 and 270 pounds. According to The Seattle Times: "As a PGA Tour player, the portly 5-foot-9-1/2 Oliver was known for his prodigious appetite. He traveled from tournament to tournament in a station wagon that had two refrigerators. Sometimes during a round, he would eat four hotdogs at a sitting."
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Tiger Woods, 9, 1997 Memorial Tournament, par-3 12th hole, Muirfield Village Golf Club
Contrary to myth, Tiger Woods didn't win every tournament he entered in the late 90s. He made a 9 at the Memorial in 1997 just six weeks after winning the Masters, according to USA Today. Of course, he later won the tournament four times.
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