Nick Faldo

1992 / Muirfield

Nick Faldo forced himself to “play the best four holes of my life” to win the 1992 Open, claiming the Claret Jug for the third time in six years as he joined only James Braid as a double Champion Golfer at Muirfield.

For much of the week, Faldo put on a masterclass of links golf. His 64 in the second round was an almost perfect display and he set a new record for The Open of 130 strokes for the first 36 holes.

He equalled his own record of 199 for the 54-hole total and led by four with a round to play. But in contrast to his 18 pars at Muirfield in 1987, Faldo kept leaking shots and when John Cook birdied the 15th and 16th holes, the Englishman found himself two behind with four to play.

“I told myself that I had to forget about the whole week and play the best four holes of my life,” he said.

His “half 5-iron” approach to the 15th, a low runner which finished three feet from the hole, was one of the finest shots of his career. He made a birdie there and saved par at the 16th. While Cook three-putted the 17th for a par-5, Faldo made his 4.

Up ahead, Cook missed the final green and made a bogey, leaving Faldo with a par to win. He hit a 3-iron to 25 feet and two-putted but was emotionally drained by the experience.

“It’s the enormity of it all,” Faldo explained. “The pressure was so great. It went from almost a disaster to the absolute ultimate.”

It was his fifth major title in six years and he joined the likes of Jones, Cotton, Player, Nicklaus and Ballesteros as a three-time Champion Golfer in the 20th century.

Name
Finish
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
Par
Sir Nick FALDO
1
66
64
69
73
272
-
John COOK
2
66
67
70
70
273
-
Jose Maria OLAZABAL
3
70
67
69
68
274
-
Steve PATE
4
64
70
69
73
276
-
5
66
69
70
74
279
-
Gordon BRAND JR
5
65
68
72
74
279
-
Ian WOOSNAM
5
65
73
70
71
279
-
Donnie HAMMOND
5
70
65
70
74
279
-
Robert KARLSSON
5
70
68
70
71
279
-
Malcolm MACKENZIE
5
71
67
70
71
279
-
Andrew MAGEE
5
67
72
70
70
279
-
12
71
68
72
69
280
-
Jamie SPENCE
12
71
68
70
71
280
-
12
68
70
70
72
280
-
Ray FLOYD
12
64
71
73
72
280
-
Chip BECK
12
71
68
67
74
280
-
Larry RINKER
12
69
68
70
73
280
-
18
71
72
70
68
281
-
Hale IRWIN
19
70
73
67
72
282
-
19
71
71
72
68
282
-
Tom KITE
19
70
69
71
72
282
-
Peter MITCHELL
22
69
71
72
71
283
-
22
70
72
68
73
283
-
Tom PURTZER
22
68
69
75
71
283
-
Peter SENIOR
25
70
69
70
75
284
-
Duffy WALDORF
25
69
70
73
72
284
-
Billy ANDRADE
25
69
71
70
74
284
-
Russ COCHRAN
28
71
68
72
74
285
-
Jodie MUDD
28
71
69
74
71
285
-
28
69
71
73
72
285
-
Mats LANNER
28
72
68
71
74
285
-
Mark MCNULTY
28
71
70
70
74
285
-
Craig PARRY
28
67
71
76
71
285
-
Corey PAVIN
34
69
74
73
70
286
-
Tony JOHNSTONE
34
72
71
74
69
286
-
Payne STEWART
34
70
73
71
72
286
-
Anders FORSBRAND
34
70
72
70
74
286
-
Steve ELKINGTON
34
68
70
75
73
286
-
De Wet BASSON
39
71
71
71
74
287
-
Wayne GRADY
39
73
69
71
74
287
-
39
69
71
73
74
287
-
Lee JANZEN
39
66
73
73
75
287
-
Steven RICHARDSON
39
74
68
73
72
287
-
Ronan RAFFERTY
39
69
71
75
72
287
-
Lanny WADKINS
45
69
69
75
75
288
-
Brian MARCHBANK
45
71
72
71
74
288
-
Rocco MEDIATE
45
67
75
73
73
288
-
Craig MANN
45
74
69
72
73
288
-
Jose COCERES
45
74
69
73
72
288
-
Mike HARWOOD
45
72
68
76
72
288
-
Barry LANE
51
73
69
73
74
289
-
Vijay SINGH
51
69
72
76
72
289
-
51
69
73
73
74
289
-
Roger MACKAY
51
73
70
73
73
289
-
Mark BROOKS
55
71
71
73
75
290
-
Costantino ROCCA
55
67
75
73
75
290
-
David FEHERTY
55
71
70
72
77
290
-
Orrin VINCENT III
55
67
75
77
71
290
-
William GUY
59
72
71
70
78
291
-
Wayne RILEY
59
71
72
75
73
291
-
Bernhard LANGER
59
70
72
76
73
291
-
Michael CLAYTON
59
72
70
75
74
291
-
Paul AZINGER
59
70
69
75
77
291
-
Hendrik BUHRMANN
64
70
72
75
75
292
-
Danny MIJOVIC
64
70
71
80
71
292
-
Roger CHAPMAN
64
72
71
71
78
292
-
Craig STADLER
64
72
70
75
75
292
-
Daren LEE
68
68
72
77
76
293
-
Jon ROBSON
68
70
71
78
74
293
-
Peter O'MALLEY
68
72
70
76
75
293
-
Per-Ulrik JOHANSSON
68
67
74
77
75
293
-
Andrew SHERBORNE
68
72
69
75
77
293
-
Fred FUNK
73
71
71
76
76
294
-
Paul MAYO
74
70
72
79
74
295
-
75
74
69
80
75
298
-
Tsuneyuki NAKAJIMA
M/C
72
72
-
-
-
M/C
Gary EVANS
M/C
71
73
-
-
-
M/C
Jeff SLUMAN
M/C
70
74
-
-
-
M/C
Keith WATERS
M/C
74
70
-
-
-
M/C
David GILFORD
M/C
70
74
-
-
-
M/C
Larry MIZE
M/C
68
76
-
-
-
M/C
Billy Ray BROWN
M/C
69
75
-
-
-
M/C
Stephen BENNETT
M/C
69
75
-
-
-
M/C
Jim GALLAGHER JR
M/C
74
70
-
-
-
M/C
John MCHENRY
M/C
72
72
-
-
-
M/C
Ian PALMER
M/C
73
71
-
-
-
M/C
Bob TWAY
M/C
71
73
-
-
-
M/C
Jeremy ROBINSON
M/C
71
73
-
-
-
M/C
Mark ROE
M/C
73
71
-
-
-
M/C
Howard CLARK
M/C
74
70
-
-
-
M/C
Rodger DAVIS
M/C
71
74
-
-
-
M/C
Sam TORRANCE
M/C
73
72
-
-
-
M/C
M/C
74
71
-
-
-
M/C
Kenneth WALKER
M/C
75
70
-
-
-
M/C
Philip WALTON
M/C
71
74
-
-
-
M/C
Paul WAY
M/C
74
71
-
-
-
M/C
Stephen PULLAN
M/C
74
71
-
-
-
M/C
Jeff MAGGERT
M/C
68
77
-
-
-
M/C
M/C
70
75
-
-
-
M/C
Paul BROADHURST
M/C
75
70
-
-
-
M/C
Paul McGINLEY
M/C
76
69
-
-
-
M/C
Greg TURNER
M/C
70
76
-
-
-
M/C
Colin MONTGOMERIE
M/C
76
70
-
-
-
M/C
Freddy GEORGE
M/C
75
71
-
-
-
M/C
Craig MCCLELLAN
M/C
72
74
-
-
-
M/C
Tony CHARNLEY
M/C
74
72
-
-
-
M/C
Philip HARRISON
M/C
75
71
-
-
-
M/C
Ian SPENCER
M/C
76
70
-
-
-
M/C
M/C
71
75
-
-
-
M/C
Mark JAMES
M/C
70
76
-
-
-
M/C
Des SMYTH
M/C
72
75
-
-
-
M/C
Phillip PRICE
M/C
75
72
-
-
-
M/C
Paul MOLONEY
M/C
74
73
-
-
-
M/C
Jim PAYNE
M/C
71
76
-
-
-
M/C
Curtis STRANGE
M/C
74
73
-
-
-
M/C
Richard BOXALL
M/C
73
74
-
-
-
M/C
Jose Maria CANIZARES
M/C
72
75
-
-
-
M/C
Andrew HARE
M/C
73
74
-
-
-
M/C
M/C
75
73
-
-
-
M/C
David WILLIAMS
M/C
74
74
-
-
-
M/C
Fred COUPLES
M/C
70
78
-
-
-
M/C
M/C
76
72
-
-
-
M/C
Nils LINDEBLAD
M/C
69
79
-
-
-
M/C
Naomichi OZAKI
M/C
72
76
-
-
-
M/C
M/C
73
75
-
-
-
M/C
Eduardo ROMERO
M/C
71
77
-
-
-
M/C
Johan RYSTROM
M/C
75
74
-
-
-
M/C
Jose RIVERO
M/C
72
77
-
-
-
M/C
Paul WESSELINGH
M/C
75
74
-
-
-
M/C
Justin HOBDAY
M/C
75
74
-
-
-
M/C
Magnus SUNESSON
M/C
74
75
-
-
-
M/C
David EDDIFORD
M/C
74
75
-
-
-
M/C
Chris GRAY
M/C
73
76
-
-
-
M/C
Neal BRIGGS
M/C
72
77
-
-
-
M/C
Keith CLEARWATER
M/C
74
75
-
-
-
M/C
Michael ARCHER
M/C
74
75
-
-
-
M/C
Mike MCLEAN
M/C
73
77
-
-
-
M/C
Davis LOVE III
M/C
73
77
-
-
-
M/C
Eric GIRAUD
M/C
78
72
-
-
-
M/C
Kevin JONES
M/C
69
81
-
-
-
M/C
Marcus KNIGHT
M/C
79
71
-
-
-
M/C
Michael WELCH
M/C
76
74
-
-
-
M/C
Mitch VOGES
M/C
71
79
-
-
-
M/C
Masashi OZAKI
M/C
74
76
-
-
-
M/C
Mark MOULAND
M/C
73
78
-
-
-
M/C
Mark DAVIS
M/C
76
75
-
-
-
M/C
Gary EMERSON
M/C
75
76
-
-
-
M/C
Ken TRIMBLE
M/C
75
76
-
-
-
M/C
Andrew COLTART
M/C
76
76
-
-
-
M/C
Gary TORBETT
M/C
78
74
-
-
-
M/C
Gary WOLSTENHOLME
M/C
77
76
-
-
-
M/C
Dave PADGETT
M/C
76
77
-
-
-
M/C
M/C
76
78
-
-
-
M/C
Colin BROOKS
M/C
77
78
-
-
-
M/C
Christian POST
M/C
79
79
-
-
-
M/C
John HAY
M/C
79
79
-
-
-
M/C

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