Nick Faldo finished the year off in fashion with a win in Jamaica
No question the 1992 season was a fruitful one, of many for Sir Nick Faldo. For starters he won his third Open Championship for the second time at Muirfield Golf Links. Along with his third Champion Golfer of the Year title he won five other tournaments raking in $2,648,288 in earnings for the season.
The season ending Johnnie Walker Classic was the same old scene in 1992. The top players got together to duke it out one more time before Christmas and the Holiday season. Unfortunately something else common happened on top of that. On route to his $550,000 payday for first place he came from behind to take it from the one and only man willing to give it up: Greg Norman. That’s right, can you believe it…It was Norman again who was in the driver’s seat and lost the tournament in the final stages. Even more laughable and characteristic for the scenario, it was Norman playing aggressive while his opponent played conservative. The final play came down to Faldo coming about 15 short of the hole on the green and Norman going off the back into heavy Bermuda grass. While Sir Nicholas two putted, the Bermuda grass foiled Norman and came down to a final 10 footer to keep the match going. Norman missed narrowly to the right of the hole and the title was Faldo’s. This would not be the last time these two gentlemen would meet in these circumstances.
Same, Sad Shark Tale…
Greg Norman arguably? has the worst luck in the history of golf when it comes to major championships. Eight different times he finished runner-up while four coming in a playoff. Although, God finally let him have the 1986 & 1993 Open Championship’s out of pity here we examine his runner-up instances.
Masters – 1986 (Nicklaus roaring comeback), 1987* (PLAYOFF:Larry Mize with an amazing chip in), and 1996 (Final Rounds: Faldo 67, Norman 78)
US Open- 1984* (PLAYOFF:Lost to Fuzzy Zoeller) and 1995 (Lost to Corey Pavin)
British Open- 1989* (PLAYOFF: Mark Calcavecchia winner)
PGA Championship- 1986 (Runner up to Bob Tway) and 1993* (PLAYOFF: Runner up to Paul Azinger)