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The 50 Ugliest Moments in Sports

Jean Van de Velde

At the 1999 Open Championship, French golfer Jean Van de Velde fumbled what was a sure upset victory on the final hole. Van de Velde arrived at the 18th tee needing a double-bogey six to become the first Frenchmen to win the Open since 1907. Despite a three-stroke lead, Van de Velde hit a string of errant shots that ended up in the Barry Burn, which guards the 18th green. Instead of taking a drop, the Frenchman removed his shoes and socks and tried to elevate his ball out of the creek. He missed, took the drop and made the putt for a triple-bogey seven, sending the championship into a three-way playoff where he lost to Paul Lawrie. (AP Photo/Str)

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