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Glorious Failures

When the best isn't good enough
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JIM FURYK, 46, made history in the final round of the Travelers Championship at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Conn., by shooting the PGA Tour's first-ever 58. This came three years after Furyk became one of only six players to shoot a 59 on Tour and two weeks after Stephan Jaeger shot a 58 at the Web.com tour's Ellie Mae Classic. The difference? Jaeger won, Furyk didn't. He started the day 16 shots back, at one over, and his 12 under par left him tied for fifth, three shots behind winner Russell Knox. Furyk's is not the only stellar effort to be part of a losing cause.

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ATHLETE

DATE

EVENT

RESULT

John Landy

8/7/1954

"Miracle Mile"

Ran his second sub-four-minute time but was passed by Roger Bannister in the stretch

Harvey Haddix

5/26/1959

Pirates vs. Braves

Had a perfect game for 12 innings, but gave up a run in the 13th

Jerry West

5/5/1969

NBA Finals

Averaged 38 points and was named MVP, but the Lakers lost 4--3 to the Celtics

Chuck Howley

1/17/1971

Super Bowl V

Racked up two picks and a fumble recovery to earn the MVP award in a 16--13 loss to the Colts

Michael Jordan

4/20/1986

East quarterfinals

Scored 63 against the Celtics in Game 2, which ended 135--131 Boston in double OT