By John Michaels

Jordan Spieth collapsed on the back 9 at The Masters on Sunday, so it led us to today’s Top 5.

What were the biggest collapses in sports history?

5. Duke vs Maryland 2001 – 2 games, 2 Maryland collapses. In January, Maryland led by 10 with :54 seconds remaining, but Jay Williams and the Blue Devils roared back to win. Maryland had an opportunity for revenge at the Final 4, and got off to a 39-17 lead, the problem was once again Maryland couldn’t close the deal. Duke would win by 11 and win another National Championship.

4. Jan Van De Velde 1999 British Open – Van De Velde only needed a doubly bogey 6 on 18 to win the British Open, unfortunately for him, he turned into Tin Cup and allowed his ego to take over. Driver off the tee, a few more errant shots, and then the classic image of him shin deep in the burn debating whether to hit his ball out of the water. Van De Velde ended up triple bogey 7, stuck in a playoff and losing The Open Championship.

 

3. Miami vs Maryland 1984 – The week before Hail Flutie, The U was in another classic. Miami led 31-0 only to watch Frank Reich (yes, that Frank Reich) lead Maryland all the way back to win 42-40. Little did Canes fans know, that one week later their hearts would be broken again.

 

2. Oilers vs Bills 1993 – Frank Reich, again on in relief of Jim Kelly, this time, leads the greatest comeback in playoff history. Down, out,  and forgotten the Bills rallied from 35-3 down to win in OT 41-38. They’d go on to another Super Bowl, and lose.

 

1. Red Sox vs Yankees – NY wins the 1st 3 games of the series including Game 3 19-8. Series over? We all thought so, but Boston would rally. They won Game 4 in extra innings after Mariano Rivera blew a save in the 9th. They also won game 5 in extras….game 6 and game 7 in the Bronx would also be Red Sox wins. They became the 1st team in MLB history to comeback from a 3-0 series deficit. Curse over, and the World Series title was next.

 

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