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Golf Australia Express : OTG Express 140 - The Masters
M ARK O’Meara birdied three of the final four holes to win the Masters and his first major. His 20-foot birdie putt across the final green edged out Fred Couples and David Duval by a single stroke. It was O'Meara's 15th Masters’ appearance, which remains a record for number of attempts before a victory. After 18 years of playing majors without success, he added to his Masters title four months later with victory at The Open. O’MEARA BREAKS THROUGH, 1998 21 B EN Crenshaw's 1995 win came days after the death of Harvey Penick, his mentor, who had taught him a smooth, effortless putting stroke. Crenshaw was a pallbearer at Penick's funeral on the Wednesday and teed off the next day. After his final putt claimed the win, he collapsed into the arms of his caddie. CRENSHAW'S TEARS OF JOY AND GLORY, 1995 18 A FTER 22 PGA Tour wins, and years of being tagged the "best golfer never to have won a Major", the big hitting left-hander Phil Mickelson finally won one – at his 47th attempt. Thanks to birdies at five of the last seven holes, including the 18th, he edged out the luckless South African Ernie Els by a shot. PHIL MICKELSON’S VICTORY LEAP, 2004 20 A BRILLIANT final round 65 from Nick Faldo put him into a playoff with Scott Hoch. It looked all over for Faldo when Hoch nailed his approach to two feet from the hole at the first extra hole. But he then missed the putt, knocking it four feet past before holing the par- saving return. The American's chance to win his first major and Masters had gone. Faldo grabbed his opportunity at the next, rolling in a 25-foot birdie putt for the first of his three Masters’ titles. HOCH’S CHOKE, 1989 19
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