Faldo revival falls short

As Sorenstam ends Webb run in Australia

Bob Warters's picture
Mon, 25 Feb 2002


Six times a major winner, Nick Faldo (44) was looking forward to retiring gracefully last year to concentrate on his golf academies and course design business.

But the lure of competition made him re-think his future after third places in the Alfred Dunhill Championship in South Africa and the Volvo PGA at Wentworth.

He had a smattering of missed cuts and low finishes during the rest of the season and failed to cut the mustard on his last exempt season on the US Tour and decided he would concentrate on the global European Tour, one last time.

Now he's buoyed up for a possible victory after finishing third in the Caltex Singapore Open at the weekend.

Four successive birdies - from the 10th to 13th - proved he still has the skill and determination and he was unlucky not to put more pressure on the eventual winner Arjun Atwal of India.

Atwal took the title with a closing 68 in a tricky wind and on challenging grainy greens, but Faldo(70) was the talking point.

Despite his occasional tantrums and outbursts, he's still the most popular UK golfer and it will be great to see him using all his vast experience to meet the challenge of the young guns in Europe again.

*Annika Sorenstam parred the fourth playoff hole to win the ANZ Australian Masters and deny Karrie Webb a place history in her bid to claim the title for the fifth successive time.

Webb’s par putt on the 18th -- the designated playoff hole -- slid past the cup and Sorenstam tapped in for victory.

Sorenstam had shot a 3-under par 69 in the final round, while Webb had a 72 and finished tied at 10-under. Laura Davies was tied fourth after a best of the day 66.

 

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