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1999 Jean Van de Velde loses the 128th Open Championship at Carnoustie, after probably the most dramatic final hole disaster of all time. Four days of brilliant play had given him a three shot lead coming to the 72nd hole, needing only a double-bogey six to claim the Claret Jug. He would eventually run up a seven, including a brave six-foot putt for his triple-bogey, to enter a playoff with 1997 Champion Justin Leonard and the ultimate Champion Paul Lawrie.
Images of the usually dapper Van de Velde standing in the Barry Burn, minus shoes and socks and with trousers rolled up above the knee, pondering a possible fourth shot (although he ultimately elected to drop the ball behind the Burn), are among the most famous - and the saddest - in golf.
1957 Nicholas Alexander Faldo (now Sir Nick Faldo, MBE) is born in Welwyn Garden City. England's most successful golfer of the modern era, Faldo won six major championships - three Open Championships (1987, 1990 & 1992) and three Masters (1989, 1990 & 1996) - and was world number one for 97 weeks. He also holds the record for the most Ryder Cup appearances (11), most matches (45) and the most points scored (25, made up of 23 wins and four halves). Now almost retired from playing, he is a commentator for CBS, as well as running a successful golf course design business, and is very active in the development of junior golf, through the Faldo Series of tournaments. He captained the losing European Ryder Cup team in 2008 at Valhalla.

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