It is hard enough to miss a short putt for $10, but to miss a one-footer for victory in a major golf tournament must be completely heartbreaking.
Sometimes I can’t watch golf. It is those Van de Velde, Greg Norman and Scott Hoch moments that break the heart and leave the golfer alone, distraught and wondering why they ever started playing the stupid game.
There was one of those moments at the final hole of the Kraft Nabisco Championship this morning. A dramatic final nine holes saw Sun Young Yoo, In-Kyung Kim and world number on Yani Tseng float up and down the leaderboard, before Kim looked set to win the tournament at the final hole of regulation.
After seven previous top-10 finishes in majors, In-Kyung Kim needed to just tap in this one-foot putt to win her first major golf tournament.
She was then beaten by Sun Young Yoo at the first hole of sudden death. Yoo struggled to show any joy in the victory, obviously knowing what Kim was going through.
Some are comparing it to the other ‘major miss’ from the first hole of sudden-death playoff 1989 US Masters Scott Hoch missed this slippery putt to win. Nick Faldo birdied the second playoff hole to win the green jacket. See the video below, the putt is at 8:25min.