Tom Lehman placed both hands over his cap in disbelief when his shot into the 17th green at Congressional bounded off the side of the green and into the water in 1997, ending his hopes at a U.S. Open he never won.
It wasn't for a lack of effort. A year later, Lehman became the first player since Bobby Jones to play in the final group at a U.S. Open four consecutive years. The difference was that Jones wound up a winner.
There is cause to feel badly for Lehman, though he's not alone.
The long list of U.S. Open champions includes a healthy list of players who left heartbroken and who, like Lehman, never won a U.S. Open. Here are five to consider: