Largest Final-Round Leads Lost in PGA Tour History

What is the all-time PGA Tour record for the largest lead lost in the final round? We're talking about golfers who led by the most strokes entering the final round, but wound up losing.

The record is six strokes, and it is shared by seven golfers. Seven times a golfer in a PGA Tour event held a 6-stroke lead lead following 54 holes of play, but wound up losing. It happened the first time in 1928 and most recently in 2017.

Here is the list of these not-so-magnificent seven performances:

Largest 54-Hole Leads Lost on PGA Tour: 6 Strokes

  • Bobby Cruickshank, 1928 Florida Open
  • Gay Brewer, 1969 Danny Thomas-Diplomat Classic
  • Hal Sutton, 1983 Anheuser-Busch Golf Classic
  • Greg Norman, 1996 Masters Tournament
  • Sergio Garcia (pictured above), 2005 Wachovia Championship
  • Spencer Levin, 2012 Waste Management Phoenix Open
  • Dustin Johnson, 2017 World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions

The thing that jumps out to us about this list is that, with the exception of Levin, all of these golfers who blew 6-stroke leads were big-time players. Brewer, Sutton, Norman, Garcia and Johnson are major championship winners. Norman is in the World Golf Hall of Fame, and Johnson and Garcia will join him some day. Cruickshank was a 17-time winner.

Just another proof of what most golf fans already know: Being a great golfer is no guarantee you can't blow a tournament, big-time.

And who won the tournament that those seven golfers lost? Henry Ciuci beat Cruickshank; Arnold Palmer caught Brewer. Calvin Peete won the 1983 Anheuser-Busch Classic, and, of course, it was Nick Faldo who ruined Norman's day at the 1996 Masters. Vijay Singh beat Garcia in a playoff, Kyle Stanley won in Phoenix, and Justin Rose took advantage of Johnson's WGC collapse.

Photo credit: "Sergio Garcia" by Jim Epler is licensed under CC BY 2.0

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