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Faldo Returns For Muirfield Open

Sir Nick Faldo announced that he will play in the 153rd Open Championship in July at Muirfield, where he won the oldest tournament in the world in 1987 and 1992.

The 55-year-old Faldo, a six-time major champion, will play in the Open for the first time since 2010. That year, he missed the cut on the Old Course at St. Andrews, where he claimed a third Claret Jug in 1990. He has missed the cut in his last four appearances in the Open.

Understandably, Faldo’s expectations are somewhat lower than in his heyday, when he won 40 times around the world – six of those victories in major championships – and spent a total of 98 weeks ranked No.1.

“I have no idea how I will perform. I can still hit the short shots well enough, but the 3-irons can be a bit ‘clunky’. This is why I carry a hybrid. I hate mis-hitting shots. I just want to hit the ball nicely.”

It was not an easy decision to reach. As he has concentrated on forging his status as one of America’s premier golf analysts, Faldo has all but turned his back on competitive golf.

"I've got just over two months to go to get myself to pretend that I'm a golfer."

Faldo chose his son, Matthew, to be his caddie for the week at Muirfield, saying he is playing in the tournament primarily to allow his family to experience the event.

He partnered Matthew in a father and son competition at the end of last season, but otherwise he has remained inactive in recent years.

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