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Faldo looks set to lose US PGA tour card

Nick Faldo seems certain to lose his US Tour membership for next year. Faldo, who is reluctant to travel back to America following the September 11 terrorist attacks, wants the tour to waive the rule that requires players to contest 15 tournaments to retain membership.

"If they're not coming this way, why should I go that way?" Faldo, who has played 13 events, said referring to the refusal of many American players to travel to Europe.

However, the US Tour appear unlikely to budge. "I'm fairly certain we're going to stick to our rules," said Ana Leaird, the tour's media operations director. "He has already been notified by us, in writing, that he will lose his membership if he doesn't play in the next two weeks."

However, Faldo has not entered this week's Buick Challenge in Georgia, so the only way he can retain membership is if the tour grant him an exception, which appears unlikely, based on Leaird's comments.

If Faldo, the winner of six major championships, loses membership, he will be restricted to 10 US Tour events next year - including the four majors. He will be eligible to regain membership in 2003. Faldo, 44, was a member of the US Tour for most of the Eighties before quitting to focus on playing in Europe. He rejoined the US Tour in 1995 and his decision was vindicated when he won the Doral Open that year.

The following year he recorded his third Masters victory by overcoming a six-stroke deficit in the final round to beat Greg Norman.

Faldo was also victorious in the 1997 Nissan Open in Los Angeles but has struggled since and has not made the top 140 on the money list in any of the past four seasons.

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