Many of golf’s biggest names really need to finish it off on the 72nd hole, because if it goes to sudden death they boast play-off records to forget…

Colin Montgomerie (W0-L7-T1)

Monty shared the spoils with Bernhard Langer in the 2002 Volvo Masters when lack of daylight and scheduling issues brought a premature halt to proceedings, but otherwise a record almost inversely proportional to his Order of Merit success. One of golf’s most surprising play-off records to forget

Greg Norman (W5-L10)

The Shark proved pretty toothless in 10 out of the 15 play-offs he contested, agonisingly once in each of the four Majors. Don’t mention Larry Mize…

This image of Larry Mize at Augusta in 1987 must be permanently etched on The Shark's mind

This image of Larry Mize at Augusta in 1987 must be permanently etched on The Shark’s mind

Gary Player (W3-L10)

Despite his renowned fitness, the Black Knight was surprisingly often found wanting when it came to extra holes.

Paul Broadhurst (W0-L4)

Broady’s four near misses came in Belgium, Sweden and Germany twice between 1991 and ’96.

Ernie Els (W1-L5)

The free-swinging Big Easy has found extra-time anything but easy over the years, though his solitary success did come in a four-man play-off for The Open at Muirfield in 2002. Two years later, he went down to unheralded Todd Hamilton and his universal hybrid club at Royal Troon.

The Big Easy conceded defeat to man armed only with a utility club... well nearly

The Big Easy concedes defeat at Troon to a man armed only with a utility club… well, nearly

Davis Love III (W2-L7)

It was very much a Love-hate play-off relationship for Davis, with Mike Heinen and Woody Austin his only victims in nine attempts. Did notch up 20 wins too though.

Jim Furyk (W3-L8)

A similar record to Love, but 16 victories over the same period including the 2003 US Open are probably more than enough to compensate for all that play-off heartache.

Mark Calcavecchia (W1-L4)

Not a great record, but we’ll let Calc off as his solitary success was in the 1989 Open at Troon, the first year the play-off went to a four-hole format (another one in the minus column for The Shark).

Calc has a poor play-off record but let's allow him the joy of his one success here - the Troon Open, 1989

Calc has a poor play-off record but let’s allow him the joy of his one success here – the Troon Open, 1989

Jeff Sluman (W1-L6)

Lost six on the spin before finally getting the better of Paul Gow in the 2001 BC Open. “If I’m in another play-off, bet on the other guy,” Sluman said after Langer outlasted him in last year’s Senior Players Championship on the Champions Tour, his third play-off defeat out of three on that tour too.

Eamonn Darcy (W0-L4)

That quirky swing never clicked in extra holes, with four play-off losses from 1976 to ’83.