After a freak incident with a leaf cost Matthew Southgate his PGA Card last month, he could be forgiven for thinking that he is the unluckiest golfers in the game.

The below contenders however may well give him a run for his money.

Joe Daley

Joe Daley never made it on to the PGA Tour, but he probably should have. On the 18th hole, in the fourth round of PGA Tour school, Daley appeared to hit a perfect 5ft putt only to see it bounce off the back of the cup and hang on the lip.

Officials later discovered that the inside of the lip had come loose and risen up.

He missed his PGA Tour card by a stroke and never came close to gaining it again.

Roberto De Vicenzo

Roberto De Vicenzo looked set for a Monday play-off at the 1968 Masters after the Argentinian bogied the final hole, leaving him in a tie with Bob Goalby.

Unfortunately, only moments after signing his scorecard, it was brought to light that his playing partner Tommy Aaron had mistakenly marked a 4 on the 17th, a shot higher than the 3 he actually made.

“What a stupid I am,” he famously remarked after the incident.

Jackie Pung


Roberto De Vicenzo’s heartbreak is one of the game’s most infamous tales. Less well known is the story of Jackie Pung.

The American finished a shot clear of the field at the 1957 U.S. Women's Open at Winged Foot. Her major celebrations were brought to a crashing conclusion however after it was discovered that she recorded a five instead of the six noted on her scorecard at the fourth hole.

The members of Winged Foot and USGA officials were so aggrieved by the situation that they took up a collection and presented Pung with more than $2,000, a sum that exceeded the first-prize winnings.

Stuart Manley

When Stuart Manley aced the 3rd on the penultimate day of the 2013 World Cup he thought he secured himself a brand-new Mercedes.

Unfortunately, the prize was only available on the last day and Manley was left to rue what might have been. He would precede to make an 11 on the next hole.

Holly Clyburn

Lincolnshire's Holly Clyburn looked to have given herself the perfect start at LPGA Qualifying School in 2015 after a first round 71. Nonetheless whilst Clyburn filled out and signed her scorecard correctly, she was disqualified because her playing competitor, Australian amateur Justine Lee, reportedly became engaged in an argument with a volunteer in the scoring tent over her opening-round 78 and left the area without signing for Clyburn’s 71.

With 192 women in the field, Clyburn's 71 would have left her in a tie for 11th after one round of the 72-hole event, with the top 80 finishers plus ties advancing to the final stage of Q-School.

Clyburn would bounce back to secure her LPGA card in 2016.

Jean Van De Velde


Ok, let’s be honest, Jean Van De Velde’s meltdown at the 1999 British Open can’t all be attributed to bad luck.

There was some disastrous decision-making that went into him squandering a three shot lead over the final hole at Carnoustie.

Nonetheless few would say he deserved to hit the railing on the grandstand as he endeavoured to play well away from that fateful burn, sending his ball careering into the deepest rough on the course.

We all know what would follow, with the Frenchman eventually losing out to Paul Lawrie in a three-way play-off.

Tiger Woods

The words Tiger Woods and unlucky aren’t often wielded in the same sentence.

Such could not be said at the 2013 Masters. Holding a share of the lead hitting into the fifteenth green, Woods struck a laser straight wedge shot. Far from finding the cup, the ball ricocheted off the flagstick, before trickling into the water hazard in front of the green. Following a controversial drop, which was deemed improper, he would eventually sign for an 8, finishing four back of winner Adam Scott.

Harry Bradshaw

Harry Bradshaw led the opening round of the 1949 Open at Royal St George’s and began the second round in a similar vein. It quickly unravelled at the par-4 5th when a wayward drive found its way to the bottom of a beer bottle. He elected to play the ball as it lied, shutting his eyes at impact and advancing the ball just a few yards. He would card a double-bogey, and eventually find himself on the wrong side of a play-off with the great South African Bobby Locke.

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