FALDO EDGES KITE IN HERITAGE GOLF
Sir Nick Faldo captured his first PGA Tour victory on this day in 1984. He withstood and turned back the charge of Tom Kite in the final round, shooting a 2-under-par 69 for a one-stroke victory in the Sea Pines Heritage Classic.
For Faldo, 26 years old, it was his first victory in an American PGA Tour event. He finished with a 270 total, 14 under par, and matched the record for the Harbour Town Golf Links.
”Tom made it a tough day,” said Faldo, the leading golfer in Europe last year. ”I knew I had to shoot under par. I had to keep going forward. You can’t shoot par or one over and win over here.
”This was my No. 1 goal for the season – to win in this country – I’m thrilled to bits.”
The last Briton to win an American tour event was Tony Jacklin, who captured the Greater Jacksonville Open in 1972.
Kite Shoots a 66
Kite applied pressure today with a brilliant, bogey-less round of 66.
”It hurts to play that well and not win,” Kite said
”I was really down there, really down,” he said. ”I didn’t play as well as I can there. ”This is a lot different. I hit 16 greens, didn’t make a bogey, shot 66. When you do that and somebody beats you, there’s not much you can do about it.”
Faldo Gets Birdie on 15th
Kite came from four shots off the pace to tie Faldo for the lead with a birdie on the 12th hole. But Faldo regained control with a 6-foot putt for birdie 4 on the 15th hole, then parred in from there. He earned $72,000 from the total purse of $400,000.