Forty years later, De Vicenzo's gaffe remains unbelievable

Updated: April 5, 2008, 12:45 PM ET
By Jason Sobel | ESPN.com

Even today, 40 years later, the story reeks of insincerity. Like something straight out of "April Fools' Day for Dummies."

Take a world-class professional golfer at the most prestigious tournament of the year. Watch him tie one other player for the lowest score through 72 holes, forcing an 18-hole playoff the next day. Then witness that bright smile disappear from his face as you inform him that, "Nope, sorry, due to a clerical error, you'll actually be finishing in second place this ...

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