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The British Open 2013: Faldo’s Last Stand

Sir Nick Faldo is looking to turn back the clock one last time when he steps up to tee-off at The Open this week at Muirfield.

The 55-year-old from Welwyn Garden City is 56 today and has not made a competitive appearance since he missed the cut at 2010’s Open Championship at the Old Course, St Andrews. But he now hopes a return to the scene of two of his three previous Open victories in 1987 and 1992 respectively can help him scale the heights one final time.

Faldo only played 11 rounds of golf in 2011 and just 13 more last year, though he has been working hard on fitness in the lead up to what will be his 34th Open appearance since making his Championship debut at Carnoustie back in 1975. Three victories and a further six top-five finishes has since followed and he has no desire to bow out on a low note.

He was also delighted to learn he would be playing alongside two of his contemporaries, Tom Watson and Fred Couples, when the draw was made, and firmly believes it will help to lift his performance. He said: “I’m delighted with my draw. I’ve got Tom and Freddie. If I’m feeling intense, you know, I’ll go and talk to Tom. If I want to feel relaxed, I’ll talk to Freddie. That’s a great threesome."