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Interviewed at Royal Melbourne Golf Club in Australia Nick Faldo said he has no problem with women playing at men's events as long as they can compete.

"The bottom line is that if they are good enough to come out and play, fine," the six-times major winner said at Royal Melbourne Golf Club, where he will contest the Heineken Classic starting on Thursday.

On Tuesday, Australia's twice British Open winner Greg Norman spoke out about the need for officials to put an end to the experiment of women playing in men's tour events.

South Africa's world number three Ernie Els said he could not see a future in the trend of women playing in men's tour events.

"There will be never-ending questions whether it is good or bad for the game," Faldo said. "Tiger (Woods) has gone quiet. It is amazing. Actually, it is probably good for the game. We've got something to talk about other than Tiger.

"I don't think there is suddenly going to be an invasion of a dozen at an event."

Faldo said he had been impressed by the performance of 14-year-old Michelle Wie, who narrowly failed to become the first female to make the cut in a men's PGA Tour event at last month's Hawaiian Open.

"I thought Michelle's performance was incredible ... to be able to handle that at 14 was quite astonishing with the media and all that attention," he said.

Former world number one Laura Davies will become the first woman to play in an Australasian or European men's tour event when she tees up for the ANZ Championship next week at the Horizons Golf Resort north of Sydney.

Sweden's Annika Sorenstam became the first woman in 58 years to play a PGA Tour Event at the Colonial in May 2003.

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