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Working alongside world-renowned golf coach, David Leadbetter, Faldo remodelled his swing. Hundreds, thousands of balls were hit on the range each day and in 1987 the first of his Majors arrived, thanks to a par on all 18 holes of his final round of the Open at Muirfield.
Sir Nick only had to wait two more years for his second Major, holding off Scott Hoch in a play-off to win the green jacket at Augusta. In fading light, Hoch famously missed a ‘short one’ on the 10th and Faldo holed a putt to win on the 11th, arms and putter aloft with a look of utter astonishment on his face.
It was less surprising to see Faldo win both the Open and Masters the following year, once again triumphing in a play-off at Augusta. The belief, consistency and ability to win was now fully in evidence, a testament to his vision and commitment to improving.
Although an individual who relished the challenge of competing against the field, he excelled in the Ryder Cup. Faldo still holds the record (11) for the most Ryder Cups played and has amassed 25 points. “It was the best scrambling par I ever made”, was his take on holing the winning putt against Curtis Strange in 1995 to help win the cup back for Europe at Oak Hill.
|Ryder Cup Captain
|European Tour Wins
|PGA Tour Wins
|Weeks World Number 1