Faldo and Norman meet in Oz

The two former World number 1's will duel once more in the Aussie Open....

Martin Park
Wed, 11 Oct 2000

Faldo and Norman meet in Oz

The field has been announced for the Holden Australian Open in November and among the players already confirmed to attend are Former World number one and two, Greg Norman and Nick Faldo.

Mark O'Meara and Irishman Padraig Harrington have also been confirmed as participants in the premier event to be played over Alistair MacKenzie's Kingston Heath on November 23-26.

Faldo and Norman meet in Oz
Shark vs Guvnor again in Oz
Faldo and Norman meet in Oz

Aaron Baddely, Defending Champion and conqueror of both Colin Montgomerie and Norman in last years event, will be turning his thoughts to regaining the title, still an amateur. But plans are in progress for the youngster to turn Pro next month.

Baddely has refused to follow the path of Brett Rumford and Adam Scott into the Pro ranks, but he will be sure to impress once again as defending champion in November.

But all eyes will be on a Norman-Faldo battle as the two will hopefully turn back the clock to the early nineties when both players dominated World Golf.

The Shark's win in the 1993 Open, his last Major, came at the expense of Faldo. But the Six times Major winner Faldo will always have the upper hand according to the history books.

Faldo destroyed an out of sorts Norman in the 1996 Masters, turning a six shot deficit on the last day into a five shot lead. And at St Andrews in 1990, Faldo did much the same in the third round of The Open, Faldo shot 67, Norman 76. Faldo claimed his second of three Opens at the Australian's expense and the Shark took three years to get back to his confident best on the links.

Of the home players, both of the 'A's, Allenby and Appleby will make their way from the USA along with Greg Chalmers and Matt Goggin to boost the chances of yet another Australain win.