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Golfer loses lead on agonizing missed tap-in

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Joe Durant has regrets. (Getty)

You’ve seen it a million times … a pro golfer walks up to a ball sitting just inches from the cup, taps it in with a halfhearted stroke, and walks on to the next hole. And you think, man, that’s awfully casual for a stroke that counts the same as a 350-yard drive.

With that in mind, we bring you the story of poor Joe Durant. Playing in the final round of the Shaw Charity Classic on the PGA Champions’ Tour, Durant was at the — deep breath here — 17th hole of the day, and he was — even deeper breath — tied for the lead when he did … this.


Oooof. By missing that 18-incher, Durant thus surrendered the lead to Scott McCarron, who almost simultaneously birdied the par-5 18th just ahead. That left Durant two strokes off the lead, and even though he birdied the 18th, he missed out on a playoff.

Always putt out, friends. Always putt out.
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Jay Busbee is a writer for Yahoo Sports. Contact him at jay.busbee@yahoo.com or find him on Twitter or on Facebook.

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