Nick Faldo to make US Champions Tour debut

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NICK FALDO can be a polarising figure but you can’t doubt the golfing prowess displayed in the six-time major winner’s 30 year career.

The 56 year old, better known as a television commentator these days, will make his US Champions Tour debut this week at the SAS Championship at Prestonwood Country Club in North Carolina.

Faldo was not sure how he would go this week but would love to have the competitive juices flowing again come Sunday afternoon and “scare himself” with a good performance.

“That was always the thrill,” Faldo told PGATOUR.COM this week.

“… As you heard me on television, (it’s) how well can you play on Sunday afternoon. The rest of the week doesn’t matter. It’s the fourth quarter, isn’t it? It’s the final set, Sunday afternoon, especially in majors.

“If you can play, that’s the biggest thrill of this game, going out there and feeling really nervous, apprehensive, everything, but you know you can go out and play your heart out, that’s what you’re trying to do. So if we can rekindle that a bit here, it will be fun.”

After some nine years in the television commentary towers the Englishman came out of “retirement” in June to return to the scene of two of his British Open triumphs at Muirfield. He shot an unspectacular 79 and 78.

Faldo will just be concentrating on one hole at a time in Cary.

“I’ve got to string 18 of them together, that’s the real secret,” Faldo said.

Faldo will also be sticking around for the Champion Tour’s Greater Hickory Kia Classic at Rock Barn next week, a tournament just three hours drive away.

After that there is just once more event before the season ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship at the TPC Harding Park in San Francisco.

Bernhard Langer is the defending champion this week while Australia’s representatives are again Peter Senior and Steve Elkington.

Champions Tour TV Coverage

There is live coverage of the event in Australia on ESPN2 beginning 5am to 7.30am Saturday.

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Brian is a former Sydney journalist who didn’t have a skerrick of interest in golf till he hit his first ball at the age of 49 (and a half). Since then golf has just about overtaken his life. Brian founded Australian Senior Golfer in April 2008 and has since covered every Australian Open, Presidents Cups, World Cups and numerous other big men’s and women’s tournaments, spending days inside the ropes with the likes of Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy, Tom Watson, Greg Norman, Adam Scott, Jason Day, Karrie Webb, and many others. He has also played in, and reported on, amateur tournaments, particularly senior and veteran events, around the country. Brian is a member of the Australian Golf Media Association.

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