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Faldo looking to kick start season in China

Six-time Major winner Nick Faldo is hoping a strong outing at the inaugural Volkswagen Masters China at Pine Valley Golf Club this week will kick-start his Ryder Cup bid.

The Englishman is still harbouring hopes of featuring in his 12th Ryder Cup appearance and is looking for a confidence-builder at the 300,000-dollar event, the ninth leg of this season's Asian Tour.

"Im looking forward to playing. I haven't played since Augusta (US Masters), so we shall see. It'll be nice to play well here and get the confidence going," Faldo said.

Faldo, who has won the US Masters three times and as many British Open titles, has played steadily this year with only one missed cut, at the Masters, being his only blemish in six starts.

But with his ranking on the European Ryder Cup list currently at 61, Faldo knows that he must start producing top finishes in order to play his way into Bernhard Langer's side which will defend the title against the United States in Oakland Hills this September.

"I'm going to try to get into Ryder Cup mode now. Once I get back to England next week, I'll be playing in a lot of tournaments from now till September. My goal is to try and play as well as I can. We shall see what happens. It's nice to be in China for the first Volkswagen Masters," he said.

Faldo added that his driving and short game had let him down at the Masters where he missed the cut following rounds of 76 and 75. But he believes that he can turn the corner and launch a title bid here.

"I started good earlier this year. Ive just got to work on the short game. My driving wasn't great at Augusta as was the case with my putting. Im really looking forward to this week," he said.

Faldo, a winner of 39 international tournaments, is headlining the tournament alongside Welsh duo Ian Woosnam, a former Masters winner himself, and Phillip Price, who is a late replacement for an injured Thomas Bjorn of Denmark. Scotsman Colin Montgomerie has withdrawn due to personal reasons.

China's Zhang Lian-wei, the first player from his country to feature in the Masters earlier this month, will lead the Asian Tour's challenge alongside the likes of Thai veteran Boonchu Ruangkit, Singapore's Mardan Mamat, Scotsman Simon Yates and American Greg Hanrahan. The quartet are inside the top 10 of the current Asian Tour Order of Merit.

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