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1. GREG NORMAN
Greg Norman is the face of suffering at Augusta National, the only debate being which one haunts him the most.
He is most famous for his collapse in 1996, the year he tied the course record with a 63 in the opening round and still had a six-shot lead over Nick Faldo going into Sunday. The Shark missed a short putt on the 10th, three-putted for bogey from medium range on the 11th, hit into Rae’s Creek on the 12th. He dropped to his knees when his eagle chip narrowly missed on the 15th, and it was over for good with a tee shot into the water on the 16th. Norman had a 78 to finish five behind Faldo _ an 11-shot swing.
That was his fault. Equally devastating was his playoff loss in 1987 against Larry Mize, who appeared to be in trouble to the right of the 11th green. The only thing that could stop Mize’s pitch was the hole, and it did. It was one of the most improbable birdies ever in a playoff at Augusta.
Norman made a furious rally in 1986 and needed a birdie to win on the 18th. But his approach sailed over the green and he made bogey, leading to Jack Nicklaus winning. And then there was 1999, when Olazabal matched his birdies and reduced Norman to another close call.
The Masters remains the only major that an Australian has never won. Whoever does will surely say, “This one is for Greg.”
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