1993: Bernhard Langer wins second Masters
With Augusta National Golf Club's slick, undulating greens, most experts would agree that a skillful putting touch is a requirement for Masters champions.
A man who putts cross-handed and once quit the game because of a bout with the yips? Forget about it.
But Bernhard Langer doesn't fit the conventional mold when it comes to Masters winners. The German turned pro as a teen-ager, battled putting woes and persevered to become one of the game's all-time greats.
Both of Langer's Masters victories - 1985 and 1993 - will be remembered for back-nine decisions made by players who wound up as losers.
Eight years after his first triumph at Augusta National, Langer used another back-nine charge on Sunday to earn a green coat.
Holding a slim lead over Dan Forsman and Chip Beck, Langer made pars on Nos. 11 and 12 and an eagle on the par-5 13th to pull away.
Forsman made a quadruple bogey on the par-3 12th to fall out of contention. On the par-5 15th, facing a three-shot deficit, Beck elected to lay up instead of going for the green in two from 236 yards away. He wound up making par while Langer birdied to push the lead to four and wrap up the victory.
``I was a little surprised he laid up,'' Langer said. ``My caddie said, `He's got to go for it if he wants to have any chance to win.' I said, `I agree.' ''
Langer's closing 70 gave him a four-shot win over Beck and continued a trend of foreign dominance at the Masters. At that point, five of the six winners from 1988-93 came from outside the United States.