Ian Woosnam might be ranked No. 1 in the world in the latest Sony rankings. But the diminutive Welshman came to Augusta National this week still living in the shadow of Great Britain's crown prince of golf, Nick Faldo.
But if Woosnam, a diminutive 5-41/2, continues to burn up the Augusta National like he did Saturday, Faldo will have to take a backseat for the time being.In the third round of the Masters Saturday, Woosnam fired a sizzling five-under par 67, for a three-day total of 11-under par 205. And it will be Faldo - of all people - who will help him on Sunday night with the coveted green coat, as is the custom of the defending champion, if he can continue.
"I do in a way feel I've been in Nick's shadow," Woosnam said. "That's the trouble when you get a superstar. If it wasn't Nick, it was Sandy (Lyle of Scotland). It's always been a litle bit like that. It keeps me going and makes me want to win major championships like they have."
It certainly seemed to inspire him Saturday. Starting off two shots behind second-round leader Tom Watson, Woosnam fired a two-under par, 34 on the front nine. But it was at the treacherous sanctuary known as Amen Corner - where Masters championships are usually won and lost - that "Woosie," as he is affectionately called by fans, stole the day away from his 41-year old playing partner.
Woosnam went on a birdie-binge, starting with the feared par-three No. 12 (where Nicklaus had quadruple bogeyed on Friday).
In all, he birdied four straight holes before finally missing from eight feet at No. 16.