Here we take a look at five of the worst Open chokes, highlighted by Jean Van de Velde's 72nd hole collapse at Carnoustie in 1999

Worst Open Golf Chokes #5: Doug Sanders, St Andrews, 1970

Doug Sanders lines up his second putt on the 18th green. Credit: Getty Images famous for his putting ability, attempting a short putt across the 'Valley of Sin' at the 18th hole at St Andrews during the 1970 British Open Championship. He missed the shot and it cost him the championship. Doug Sanders is the only man to win the Canadian Open as an amateur. The Royal and Ancient golf club at St Andrews was founded in 1754 and recognised as the Governing Authority on the rules of the game in 1897. There are now more than 100 countries and associations affiliated to the famous club. (Photo by A. Jones/Express/Getty Images) open golf choke

Doug Sanders lines up his second putt on the 18th green. Credit: Getty Images

Having saved par from the bunker on the Road Hole, Doug Sanders stood on the 18th tee of the 1970 Open holding a one-shot lead.

His drive from the tee was long and took him to within 75 yards of the green.

He knew the distance to the green as he had paced it out before playing his approach shot. But this shot was over-hit, coming to rest at the back of the green and leaving him a downhill putt.

This putt came up 3ft short. This left him with a 3ft putt to win The Open.

He took a long time reading the putt, and then settled down to play the shot. Then he stopped to flick a bit of debris off the line.

The watching Ben Hogan said under his breath: “Back away, back away.”

But rather than walk away and re-start his pre-shot routine, Sanders played. And pushed it right.

“I never got set,” Sanders admitted afterwards.

This took him into an 18-hole play-off with Jack Nicklaus, who went on to win the seventh of his 18 Majors.

Sanders’ choke meant he settled for his fourth runner-up finish in a Major, and the second time at The Open.

Sanders was born to a poor family, picked cotton as a youth and was self-taught as a golfer.

“If I had made that putt, all the endorsements, the clothing lines, the golf-course designs,” Sanders reflected later in life on his Open golf choke.

“It’s like buying a lottery ticket worth $200 million and then dropping it in the can and watching the numbers wash away. I felt like I cheated myself.”

“But measure my worth in friendships and I’m rich. This game has given me the opportunity to play golf with presidents and kings.”

In 2000, on the 30th anniversary of his Open Golf choke, Sanders told an interviewer: “It doesn’t hurt much anymore. These days I can go a full five minutes without thinking about it.”

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