Frank Nobilo - New Zealand - 1996 US Masters (4th)

Photo/Foto: Stuart Franklin

Date: 27 May 1996

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      Saturday, 14 May 1960
      Auckland, New Zealand
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Frank NOBILO - New Zealand - 1996 US Masters (4th)

U.S. Masters 1996.
1. Nick Faldo ENG -12 69-67-73-67=276 $450,000
2. Greg Norman AUS -7 63-69-71-78=281 $270,000
3. Phil Mickelson USA -6 65-73-72-72=282 $170,000
4. Frank Nobilo NZL -5 71-71-72-69=283 $120,000
5. Duffy Waldorf USA -4 72-71-69-72=284 $95,000
Scott Hoch USA -4 67-73-73-71=284 $95,000
7. Corey Pavin USA -3 75-66-73-71=285 $77,933
Davis Love III USA -3 72-71-74-68=285 $77,933
Jeff Maggert USA -3 71-73-72-69=285 $77,933
10.David Frost RSA -2 70-68-74-74=286 $65,000
Scott McCarron USA -2 70-70-72-74=286 $65,000.

In 1978, Nobilo won the New Zealand Amateur Championship at 18,
the second-youngest winner of this title. He turned professional
in November 1979. His first professional win came in 1982 at the
New South Wales PGA Championship on the PGA Tour of Australasia.

Nobilo joined the European Tour in 1985 as a full-time player,
having played in selected events in 1982 and 1983. He recorded his
first win on the Tour in the 1988 PLM Open (not to be confused
with the KLM Open). Nobilo subsequently won four other European Tour
 events and finished inside the top 50 on the Order of Merit every
season from 1988 to 1996, with a best of 14th place in 1993.

After strong performances in all the majors, including a 4th place finish in the Masters Tournament

and a tie for 8th in the PGA Championship, Nobilo left Europe at the end of 1996 and joined the

United States based PGA Tour for the following season. He won the Greater Greensboro

Chrysler Classic during his rookie season, which proved to be his only win on that tour.

He has featured in the top 50 of the Official World Golf Rankings.


One week after his marriage to Selena in 1998, Nobilo was struck above the
left eye by an errant tee shot at the Lake Nona Golf & Country Club in
Central Florida. The injury required 30 stitches, and affected his play

Nobilo played for the International Team in each of the first three Presidents
Cups (1994, 1996, 1998). He contributed significantly to the international
appeal of the event when in 1998 and paired with fellow kiwi Greg Turner he
holed a 70 foot putt on the final green to defeat the American pairing.
On October 2, 2008, International Presidents Cup team captain Greg Norman
announced that Frank Nobilo will serve as his assistant captain for the 2009
Presidents Cup Oct. 6-11 2009 at Harding Park Golf Course in San Francisco.
Nobilo retired from professional golf in 2003 because of injuries, and subsequently
joined the Golf Channel, where he works as an analyst and commentator for the network's
PGA and Champions Tour coverage, in addition to appearing on the Sprint Post Game
and Golf Central.