What's the biggest final-round comeback in Masters history?

What’s the biggest final-round comeback in Masters history?


Jordan Spieth carries a one-shot lead over Smylie Kaufman heading into the final round of the 2016 Masters, vying for a second consecutive green jacket. There are only four golfers under par through three rounds.

However, if history is our guide, there are more players that could potentially win on Sunday than that.

In 1956, Ken Venturi, who led after each of the first three rounds, was poised to become the first amateur to win the green jacket. He was four clear of Dr. Cary Middlecoff. However, Venturi, who was paired with Sam Snead on the final day, closed with 80. Jack Burke Jr., who began the day eight shots behind Venturi, shot 1-under 71 to win by a single shot in perhaps the most heartbreaking Masters loss in history.

Forty years later, Greg Norman entered the final round of the Masters with a six-shot lead over Nick Faldo. Norman was to finally win the green jacket that had eluded him. Unfortunately for Norman, he shot a final-round 78 while Faldo turned in 67 to win by five shots for a third Masters title.

However, don't count out the likes of Rory McIlroy, Tiger Woods and Kevins Streelman and Na at 6 under par, 10 behind Spieth.

The biggest final-round comeback in major-championship and PGA Tour history is 10 shots, the deficit Paul Lawrie faced against Jean van de Velde at Carnoustie in the 1999 Open Championship. Lawrie would go to defeat the Frenchman and Justin Leonard for his only major title.

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