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How Nick Faldo made the most of Scott Hoch’s miss to win the Masters in 1989

Scott Hoch had to make one simple putt to win his first major but he missed it, allowing Nick Faldo to make off with the first green jacket of his career

By Steven Pye for That 1980s Sports Blog, part of the Guardian Sport Network

After Nick Faldo’s breakthrough major win in 1987, the following year had seen a return to bridesmaid status for the Englishman. In eight tournaments Faldo finished in second place, including a US Open play-off defeat to Curtis Strange, and a 2&1 loss to his old rival Sandy Lyle in the World Matchplay final. Faldo’s consistency was undoubted – along with his US Open showing he also finished third in the Open Championship and tied-fourth in the US PGA – and in October 1988 he won the Volvo Masters. Yet, as 1989 began, the 31-year-old was desperate to see his solid displays rewarded, especially when it came to the majors.

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