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September 10, 2013

Norman blames epic Masters collapse on bad back

Posted at 1:01 PM by Pete Madden | Categories: Greg Norman, Masters, Nick Faldo

Norman_96_Masters_CoverIt took 17 years, but Greg Norman finally revealed the reason behind his infamous 1996 Masters meltdown.

"There's more to it than people realize because I did have back issues that morning," said Norman on ABC's Australian Story. "I tried to walk it off but I couldn't. I told my coach, 'Today's not going to be easy.'"

Of all the memories Norman gave us -- two Open Championship victories, 331 weeks as World No. 1, and an unfailingly brazen style of play -- it's the image of The Shark in defeat that has endured.

Norman squandered a six-stroke lead heading into Sunday's final round, shooting a 78 to give Nick Faldo the Green Jacket that would elude him for the rest of his career.

Norman has been especially honest in his reflections upon his career of late. In an interview with Charlie Rose on CBS This Morning in August, Norman said he might have won more if it weren't for one thing.

"I was a little stubborn," he said. "I wanted to do things my way ... There wasn't a shot I didn't love."

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(Photo: Greg Norman at Augusta National in 1996 / Sports Illustrated)

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