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Faldo pleased with early season form

Six-time major champion Nick Faldo, who tied for second with Peter Lonard one shot behind Heneken Classic winner Ernie Els at Royal Melbourne on Sunday, says being in contention in the final round did him "a world of good."

Faldo, who began the final round with a one-stroke lead, returned a three-under 69 on Sunday to finish on -14 for the championship.

And, despite being forced to watch high-flyer Els lift his fouth trophy in five tries from a step lower down on the podium, the Englishman was thrilled with his resurgence.

"The best bit for me is that I hung in there and stayed there for the first time in a long time. That did me the world of good. It was a nice feeling to be in there again," Faldo told the Press Association.

"British golf has really come on in the last four or five years. I just hope they still remember the old Faldo as well."

Els, who has finished 1st, 1st, 2nd and 1st in four starts this season to leapfrog Phil Michelson into the number two position on the world rankings, admitted being surprised with his win after an indifferent start to the week.

I played with Peter Lonard the first two days. If you asked him if he ever thought I was going to win the tournament after playing with me, I am sure he would have said: 'No way'.

"I was out of sorts with my game and my rhythm was all over the place. It wasn't a great feeling," said the Open champion.

"To get it all back on Saturday gave me a sense of excitement, I felt I had a chance. I felt good and excited about today."


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