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16 July 2017 National Sport


Last Updated: 15/07/17 6:51pm

Nick Faldo celebrates his Open win at Muirfield in 1992

Nick Faldo celebrates his Open win at Muirfield in 1992

Nick Faldo survived a nervy final round to claim his third Open title in five years at Muirfield in 1992.

The Englishman began with a confident five-under 66 in the opening round to steer himself into contention, before a brilliant 64 took him three shots clear at the cut, with a new Championship record of 130 strokes for the first two rounds.

Faldo only managed a one-under 69 in the third round, but still extended his gap to a seemingly-unassailable four shots.

However, a poor start on Sunday meant he found himself going into the final four holes two shots behind John Cook of the United States.

Cook then wobbled in his last two holes to allow Faldo back in; kicking off with an incredible approach to birdie the 15th, before making par, birdie and par to secure a one-shot victory.

Faldo tees off during his final round at Muirfield

Faldo tees off during his final round at Muirfield

Faldo tees off during his final round at Muirfield

It would be the final Open triumph of Faldo’s career – after also winning in 1987 at Muirfield and in 1990 at St Andrews – but he would go on to capture a third Masters title in 1996, to take his Major tally up to six.

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