Golf: Greg Norman finally reveals reason for '96 Masters meltdown - a bad back
MELBOURNE (REUTERS) - It is an excuse 17 years in the making but former world No. 1 Greg Norman has finally come up with an explanation for his infamous final-round flop at the 1996 US Masters, which gave Briton Nick Faldo the famed "Green Jacket".
Norman, who held a six-stroke lead heading into the final round but crashed to a 78 in one of the greatest sporting "chokes" of all time, said he was suffering from a bad back and it was not just a case of nerves getting the better of him.
"There's more to it than people realise because I did have back issues that morning," the 58-year-old told the "Australian Story" programme on state broadcaster ABC.
"I tried to walk it off but I couldn't. I told my coach, 'Today's not going to be easy'."