At the time of writing, the British golfer who has won the most major championships is Sir Nicholas Alexander ‘Nick’ Faldo, who recorded his sixth and final victory in the Masters Tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia in April, 1996. Indeed, in the history of golf, just two players from outside the US – South African Gary Player, who won nine majors in total, and Jerseyman Harry Vardon, who won seven – have won more major championships than Faldo.
Faldo had already finished in the top ten in the Open Championship five times before winning the Claret Jug for the first time at Muirfield, in East Lothian, Scotland in July, 1987. On that occasion, he shot 68, 69, 71, 71, including 18 consecutive pars in his final round, to win by a single stroke from American Paul Azinger.
Nearly two years later, in April, 1989, Faldo won the Masters Tournament for the first time, in a sudden-death playoff with American Scott Hoch, after shooting a final-round 65. The following year, he won his second Green Jacket, defeating another American, Raymond Floyd, again in a sudden-death playoff. Three months later, in July, 1990, Faldo won his second Open Championship at the so-called ‘home of golf’, The Old Course at St. Andrews in Fife, Scotland. The late Payne Stewart, who finished tied for second, five strokes behind Faldo, said later, ‘Nick wasn’t going to make any mistakes. I played a good game, but not good enough. He simply played too well.’
In July, 1992, Faldo scored an emotional third victory in the Open Championship, back at Muirfield, where he surrendered the lead – which he had held, by four shots, after 54 holes – to American John Cook on the back nine on Sunday, but rallied to win by a single stroke. Perhaps his most famous, or infamous, major championship victory came back at Augusta in April, 1996. Australian Greg Norman led by six strokes heading into the final round but, following a calamitous 78, during which he found water at the twelfth and sixteenth, was emphaically beaten by Faldo, who birdied the final hole for a closing 67.