Date of Birth:29th of May 1966Country:France

Jean Van deVelde

Although he has two European Tour wins to his name – the 1993 Rome Masters and the 2006 Madeira Islands Open – the Frenchman is primarily associated with his near-miss in the 1999 British Open at Carnoustie where he led playing the 72nd hole requiring a double-bogey six to win. However, Van de Velde – who hit a succession of shots straight out of a tragic comedy where his ball hit a grandstand and finished up in hazards such as knee-high rough, the infamous Barry Burn and a bunker in finally making it to the 18th green – ran up a triple-bogey seven. He finished in a three-way play-off with Paul Lawrie and Justin Leonard, which Lawrie won. Proving he had a sense of humour, Van de Velde played the hole again some years later using just a putter for a television commercial – the ad was for No Compromise putters – and actually managed to play the hole in seven shots.