The six-time Major champion looks at the past and future of a game to which he’s dedicated his life.
The six Majors amassed by Sir Nicholas Alexander Faldo over a glittering career were split evenly between Augusta National and The Open Championship, three apiece spread across 10 glorious years. While many – mainly overseas – fans will pick Faldo reeling in Greg Norman at Augusta in ’96 as his finest hour, it’s hard to see beyond Muirfield in 1992, his second-round 64 an almost perfect display of control, the final four holes among the best of his life and the “half 5-iron” perhaps the shot of his life.
Now in his mid-60s and three decades removed from that last Open triumph, he remains synonymous with the game’s greatest Major. And as he explains here, it’s a love affair that goes both ways.
My favourite spot in golf
People often ask me if the 11th hole at Augusta (scene of his two Masters play-off victories) is my favourite spot in golf, but it isn’t. It’s the 18th at Muirfield.
The Masters is always at Augusta, so that doesn’t really count. Muirfield is the only other place where I’ve won twice. And that final hole, well, it’s where I’ve holed winning putts and hit the greatest long iron of my life. It has to be there.
A millionaire by 30
It came down in stair-rods on Saturday morning in ’87. I played with Paul Azinger and it was my 30th birthday. I’d always said to myself that I wanted to be a millionaire by the time I reached 30. That seems a bit silly now, but it was all part of the motivation at the time. I’d served my apprenticeship and I still had my nerve, so the time was right.