Nick Faldo’s first win at the Masters, in 1989, is remembered for a few things, but it could have been a very different matter in the fading light at Augusta.
Had he not won on the 11th hole and the tournament forced to go to another sudden death play-off hole, then Faldo would have refused to play on.
“It was so dark that I didn’t see the ball (on the 11th green) until I was 60 yards short of the green. I remember telling myself, ‘I’m going to have to be brave here’ and say, ‘I’m not playing on.’ Imagine telling Augusta that you’re not playing on. That was going to be a big decision.”
So how dark was it really? Well when asking his caddie about the putt the answer is revealed.
“I said to Prodger, ‘What do you think?’ He said, ‘All a bit of a blur to me, Guv,'”
But Faldo managed to hole the murky putt for a magnificent 3 to give him the first of his back-to-back Masters wins.
The win is probably most remembered for the majestic 65 that Faldo carded on the Sunday having chopped round in 77 the day before.
So, one of the most famous images of Masters history, of Faldo raising his arms and looking to the heavens in that rather unwise choice of jumper nearly didn’t happen.