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Nick Faldo could miss Open

Six-times major winner Nick Faldo could miss the British Open in 15 days' time if his wife Valerie gives birth to their first child early.

"Valerie is due on August 2 but the baby could come any time," Faldo said on Wednesday, before the European Open at the K Club.

"I'll be at the Open but if she goes into labour, I'll be off. I'll have the helicopter standing by. I want to be there."

It will be a blow if Faldo, celebrating his 46th birthday during the week of the third major of the year, misses out on the first British Open to be held at Royal St George's at Sandwich in England for 10 years.

In 1993 he finished runner-up to Greg Norman at St George's.

"There are more important things in life," he said.

Faldo may not be the only British former major winner absent at Sandwich. The 1991 US Masters champion Ian Woosnam is no longer exempt and has to either qualify from his results this week and next week in the Scottish Open or go through final qualifying.

Woosnam could become one of many who find themselves between two stools for qualifying.

With final qualifying starting a week on Sunday, if they make the cut at Loch Lomond they have to decide whether to continue and try and exempt themselves with their Scottish Open finish or pull out and take a chance on making it through the two rounds of qualifying.

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