Meltdown: Top Six Major Chokes in Golf History (Video)

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Rory McIlroy has won four major titles since his 2011 Masters meltdown, but he’s yet to claim a green jacket.

At the 2011 Masters, current world No. 3 Rory McIlroy was 21 years old and had never won a major. He had, however, tied for third at both the Open Championship and the PGA Championship the previous summer, so expectations were high as he prepared to make his third appearance at Augusta National.

Thanks to an opening 65, McIlroy led after each of the first three rounds, opening up a four-stroke advantage over four other players by Saturday evening. A slow start to the final round reduced his lead to one as he made the turn, but the real trouble started on the second nine. McIlroy made a triple-bogey on 10 and four-putted for his double-bogey on 12, dropping a total of six shots over the three-hole stretch. Clearly shaken, he didn’t make a birdie for the rest of the day, eventually signing for a final round of 80 and dropping into a tie for 15th. South African Charl Schwartzel went on to win the event.

Two months later, McIlroy claimed his first major title in dominant fashion at the U.S. Open. Since then, he’s added three more to his haul, but a green jacket has remained elusive.

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