Norman failed '96 Masters test
April 14, 1996 - Eighty-four years ago, the Titanic sank. Today, it was Greg Norman's turn.
From the start of the Masters, Norman had tamed the Augusta National course, beginning with a record-tying 63 in the first round. Through three rounds, he was 13-under-par at 203, six shots ahead of Nick Faldo. In a career that had been marked by final-round collapses in Grand Slam tournaments, not even Norman, who had lost each of the majors in a playoff, could blow this one.
But instead of playing like a champ, Norman choked up his huge lead. As the pressure grew, he spent an incredible amount of time standing over his ball, fidgeting around. From the ninth hole through the 12th, Norman took four consecutive fives -- three bogeys and a double-bogey. He went from three ahead to two behind.
Norman never recovered. The world's No. 1-ranked player finished with a 78, 11 shots worse than playing partner Faldo. His 281 left him five strokes behind Faldo. Norman, though, did make the record book: He blew the biggest final-round lead in a major.
"I screwed up," Norman said. "It's all on me. I know that. All these hiccups I have, they must be for a reason. All this is just a test. I just don't know what the test is yet."Odds 'n' Ends
In 2003, Norman purchased a $70-million, 285-foot yacht with seven auxiliary boats and a $1-million home theater.
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