Superb 64 earns Norman’s second title
When Nick Faldo fired a final round 67 in the 1993 Open at Royal St George’s it followed earlier rounds of 69-63-70 and gave him every propect of victory with a 269 total. But he had reckoned without the determination of Greg Norman.
The Australian had started the day one shot behind Faldo and the tough target he set looked out of reach. But Norman was a man inspired. Veteran Gene Sarazen described his final round as ‘awesome’. And nobody argued with that.
Norman said: ‘In my whole career I’d never before gone round a golf course and not miss-hit a single shot. I was playing a game of chess out there, hitting the ball into position in the fairway where I could get it to the best spot on the green. I didn’t want the round to end. I wished it could have been 36 holes.’
Yet that final round of 64 included a missed putt of 14 inches at the 17th. ‘I must have got careless,’ admitted Norman, ‘but the mistake did me a world of good because it made me determined to make sure on the last hole.’
His rounds of 66-68-69-64 for a 267 total beat Faldo by two shots with Bernhard Langer in third place.