Norman, Faldo turn down Sandwich

Greg Norman and Nick Faldo, first and second in the record-breaking 1993 British Open at Sandwich, have advised they will not be competing in this month’s championship.

Norman, 56 underwent further shoulder surgery in February and, like Faldo, elected not to file an entry with the R & A for the July 14-17 showdown at Royal St George’s.

Greg Norman Greg Norman

In 1993, Norman posted a last round 64 for a 267 four-round tally that continues to be the lowest aggregate score in the history of golf’s oldest Major.

The win was the second British Open success for Norman. He was handed the ‘claret jug’ by the legendary Gene Sarazen while the Australian Cricket Team, captained by Alan Border, were also in attendance ahead of their historic triumph that included Shane Warne’s ‘Ball of the Century’.

It would prove to be Norman’s last Major success after he then lost to Paul Azinger in the US PGA a month later, was runner-up to Corey Pavin at the 1995 US Open and then, perhaps most famously of all, lost by five to Faldo at the 1996 Masters after going into the final day six clear of the field.

Just three years ago – and not long after marrying tennis great Chris Evert – he was leading with nine holes to play at Royal Birkdale before slipping to third.

The Shark elected not to contest last year’s British Open at St Andrews following a right shoulder operation the previous September but his latest surgery was on his left shoulder and is the same one that was operated on in 1998.

“For more than six months now I’ve known that such a procedure would be required,” Norman said at the time.

“I’m hopeful that with aggressive rehabilitation I will be able to play towards the end of July.”

Norman and Evert were divorced at the end of 2009 and last November he married for the third time to Australian-raised interior decorator Kirsten Kutner.

Norman played the final round of the 1993 British Open alongside Germany’s Bernhard Langer, who blew his chance of success by clearing the out-of-bounds fence that borders the neighbouring Prince’s course.

Faldo was second and two shots behind Norman.