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Nick Faldo will compete in his 62nd successive major at this month's U.S. PGA championship at Hazeltine, where he hopes that his putting can match the rest of his rejuvenated game.

The six-time major winner has produced some inspired golf this season after five years of struggle but believes that poor putting cost him a strong finish in last month's British Open at Muirfield.

"At the (British) Open, I played 12 percent better than (winner) Ernie (Els) from tee to green but my putting statistics were really bad," Faldo said at the official launch of the Faldo Golf Institute at Brocket Hall in Hertfordshire on Monday.

"Hopefully I can sort out my putting for the PGA within the next two weeks."

The 45-year-old Englishman, who won two of his three British Open crowns at Muirfield, tied for 59th in the third major of the year following rounds of 73, 69, 76 and 71.

Generally, though, his putting has been in good shape on the 2002 European Tour where he currently ranks joint-11th for putts per round.

Overall his spirits are high. He shared 14th place at the U.S. Masters -- the opening major of the year -- and fired the lowest round of the week on his way to an impressive tie for fifth in the U.S. Open at Bethpage Black.

He also threatened in a string of early European Tour events and, following a great deal of hard work on and off the practice range, has climbed to 52nd in the latest world rankings.

"I'm really pushing myself now in all the things I've learned in this game in the last 25 years," he said.

"I've been fine-tuning my physical strength, done a lot of stretching and added distance to my drives through technique and equipment.

"I'm really looking forward to the PGA championship. My right leg action is much better than it's been, I've tried to get some weight into it."

When Faldo tees off at Hazeltine National Golf Club on Aug. 15, he will be starting his 62nd major in a row since he won the 1987 British Open at Muirfield.

His unbroken run is a European Tour record but he has a long way to go to beat the all-time best of 146, held by golfing great Jack Nicklaus.

"Still, it's the longest one (run) out there at the moment," he said. "And when Tiger (Woods) beats it, I won't give a toss about it -- he'd have been playing out there for a long, long time in the majors and would deserve it!"

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