The Masters: 30 years since Ian Woosnam wins at Augusta and gets a lift from

The Masters: 30 years since Ian Woosnam wins at Augusta and gets a lift from

We look back through the Augusta archives by remembering Ian Woosnam’s dramatic victory at The Masters in 1991

With two days to go to this year’s Masters, we take you back 30 years to 1991 at Augusta National and Ian Woosnam’s maiden major triumph.

Woosnam arrived for his fourth Masters appearance ranked second in the world behind defending champion Nick Faldo, and with five top-10 finishes to his name in major championships.

The Welshman was five off the pace after an opening-round 72, but he responded with an impressive 62 on day two which got him within two strokes of the halfway leader, and home favourite, Tom Watson.

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Woosnam carried that good form into Saturday and fired a 67 which was good enough to earn him the outright lead on 11 under, one ahead of Watson and three clear of Ryder Cup team-mate Jose Maria Olazabal.

He extended his advantage to three strokes by the turn on the final day, but he bogeyed the 10th and ran up a six at the long 13th, where Olazabal birdied and Watson energised the patrons with an eagle-three.

Ian Woosnam holes the winning putt in 1991 to complete a British quadruple of victories Ian Woosnam holes the winning putt in 1991 to complete a British quadruple of victories

Ian Woosnam holes the winning putt in 1991 to complete a British quadruple of victories

Olazabal birdied 14 to draw level, and both birdied the next as Watson rolled in another eagle putt to make it a three-way tie for the lead and set up a pulsating finish.

A play-off looked a certainty with the leading trio still tied at the top playing the 18th, but Olazabal bogeyed and, with Watson struggling to save par, Woosnam missed the green left and pitched to six feet.

Watson failed to save par, and Woosnam held his nerve to stroke home the tricky putt for the winning par and was immediately swept off his feet by caddie Phil ‘Wobbly’ Morbey, creating another iconic Masters image.

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