NICK Faldo survived a fierce onslaught from Colin Montgomerie to win the US$850,000 Johnnie Walker Classic in dramatic fashion at the Singapore Island Country Club yesterday. World number one Faldo climaxed an enthralling head-to-head duel with his Scottish rival by holing a 15-foot birdie putt on the final green to claim victory by one shot. The Englishman's last-ditch heroics gave him a round of two-under-par 68 over the Bukit Course and a 72-hole total of 269, 11 under par. Montgomerie, three shots behind Faldo in second place at the start of play, closed with a 66. He finished four strokesclear of South Korean Choi Sang-ho in third place with Australian Greg Norman and England's Steven Richardson a further shot back in joint fourth. ''It's a great feeling to win,'' said Faldo, who won a cheque for US$150,000, three times the amount he picked up for his victory in the inaugural Classic in Hongkong in 1990. But Faldo was made to work hard for his first triumph of 1993 on a day reminiscent of the memorable last round in December's Johnnie Walker World Championship in Jamaica when Norman made up five strokes on Faldo over the final 18 holes to force a play-off. On that occasion Faldo prevailed on the first sudden-death hole. And extra holes looked likely yesterday when Montgomerie, trailing by one, reached the green in two at the par-five 18th while Faldo pitched on with his third. Montgomerie's eagle putt skimmed the hole and he tapped in for his birdie leaving Faldo with a 15-foot uphill putt for victory. With the thronging galleries encroaching to within feet of the putting green, Faldo lined up the putt from every angle. Just ashe appeared ready to pull the trigger he stood back for another look at the line. As soon as he struck the putt Faldo sensed that it would come up short. He was walking after it as it headed to the cup. The ball hung tantalisingly on the edge before finally dropping. ''There's an Irish saying that 99 per cent of putts that come up short don't go in. That was the one per cent one,'' said Faldo who kissed the ball after retrieving it from the cup. Faldo had special words of praise for the record crowds, his caddie Fanny Sunesson and Mitchell Spearman, one of David Leadbetter's assistants who helped him iron out some flaws in his game on the driving range earlier in the week. While Faldo was cementing his position as world number one and celebrating his 33rd career triumph, 29-year-old Montgomerie was left to ponder what might have been. Montgomerie, gaining a reputation as a perennial nearly man, said: ''To shoot a 66 was a good effort and I don't feel despondent. But I don't know what I'm supposed to do to win.'' Three shots in arrears at the start of play Montgomerie closed the deficit to just one following birdies at the first and seventh. But Faldo, who had parred the first seven holes, gave himself further breathing space with his first birdie of the day at the eighth. When Montgomerie dropped a stroke at the ninth, Faldo's margin was back to three. The Scotsman again reduced the gap to two with a birdie at the 10th, but fell back to three in arrears with a bogey at the 12th. When both men secured birdies at the par-five 13th the contest appeared to be as good as over. But Montgomerie had other ideas. He holed from 12 feet for a birdie at the short 14th, while Faldo needed three putts for a bogey-four. Said Faldo: ''I gave him one chance and he took it. But I managed to weasel my way out.'' Not that he knew at the time. Inspired by that two-shot swing, Montgomerie drew level with his third successive birdie at the 15th where he described his four-iron approach to 10 feet as one of the best shots of his life. However, a wayward drive at the next cost him a bogey and put Faldo back into the driving seat. There he remained.