Take heart (and take a big check), Bryson DeChambeau, you are far from alone in the room that includes people making big sports goofs.

DeChambeau, he of the sensational drives (if you thought that was a piece of the Chinese rocket falling to Earth recently, it actually was a DeChambeau tee shot), created a stir last week in Charlotte. And he wasn’t even holding a club.

Somewhat off his game and resigned to missing the cut at the Wells Fargo Championship, DeChambeau flew home to Dallas after the second round, ready for a Saturday/Sunday of practice and/or relaxation, maybe watching a little golf on the tube, like a mortal. Then a raft of players finishing behind DeChambeau limped home with undesirable scores, and he was informed by text that he was going to make the cut.

He lost sleep Friday night, rushed back to Charlotte in the wee hours of Saturday, shot a 68 and ultimately finished the tournament tied for ninth, good for a check for $228,825. Not a bad payday for a guy who almost was an absentee.

This brought back memories of some of sports’ other major gaffes, of which there are many.

In perhaps professional golf’s biggest boo-boo, Roberto de Vicenzo signed an erroneous scorecard on the final day of the 1968 Masters, costing him a shot at the green jacket.

The Boston Red Sox sold a player named Babe Ruth to the New York Yankees for $100,000. Ruth, of course, went on to become one of the game’s greatest players, and the Red Sox carried the Ruth curse for decades.

In 1964, Minnesota Viking tight end Jim Marshall scooped up a San Francisco fumble and, confused by his positioning, ran the wrong way – but with speed — into the end zone. A safety and a black mark forever on Marshall’s record.

The Red Sox (they seem to appear often on these dark lists) lost the 1986 World Series to the New York Mets when first baseman Bill Buckner let an easy grounder roll through his legs, opening the door to a seventh game and a Mets triumph.

In the 1999 Open at Carnoustie, Jean Van de Velde pieced together one of the biggest collapses in golf history. Holding a three-shot lead going to the 18th hole – the LAST hole, for Jean’s sake, he played like a duffer at your local muni. A drive into the rough, a second shot that hit the grandstand, a meeting with water, a penalty shot – and Van de Velde finished with a triple bogey. He lost a playoff for the championship.

DeChambeau’s miscue doesn’t approach the quality of any of the aforementioned errors. A $228,000 check? It could have been worse.

Mike Hembree

Mike Hembree is a veteran journalist who has covered a variety of sports for numerous publications and websites, including USA Today, Fox Sports, TV Guide and The Greenville (S.C.) News. He has written 14 books and has won numerous writing awards at the national, regional and state levels. He is a seven-time winner of the National Motorsports Press Association Writer of the Year Award.