1986: Greg Norman wins the Kemper Open in a playoff over Larry Mize

Greg Norman

Greg Norman wins the Kemper Open

On this day In 1986, Greg Norman won the $500,000 Kemper Open golf tournament at Congressional Country Club. It was his second victory of the 1986 and was worth $90,000 to Norman. His earnings for the year stand at $447,109.  His 1st win of his PGA Tour career came at this event just two years prior in 1984.

The Great White Shark defeated Larry Mize on the sixth extra hole.

Norman started the day three strokes behind Mize, the third-round leader. After posting a 6-under-par 66, Norman watched as Mize barely missed a 25-foot putt that would have given him a 68 and the victory.

They each parred the first five holes in their sudden death playoff but Mize met disaster on the sixth hole. With Norman in position, Mize hit a flyer out of the rough that bounced from the back edge of the green into the water.

Norman was assured of the fourth tournament victory of his career, and his second Kemper in three years, when Mize had to drop. Norman left his approach shot about 25 feet from the pin and two-putted.

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