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Golf News: - Posted 1st October 1998

Another Faldo split, this time with girlfriend

Associated Press

London -  First it was David Leadbetter. Now it's Brenna Cepelak. Nick Faldo has been busy with breakups the past two weeks.

The three-time Masters and Open champion disclosed today that he and Cepelak have agreed to end their three-year relationship.

"It is always sad, but these things happen,'' Faldo said in a statement from the Belgacom Open in Belgium, where he opened with a 6-under 65 and was one stroke off the lead.

The split comes 11 days after Faldo abruptly ended his 13-year relationship with Leadbetter, which was much more bitter. Leadbetter accused Faldo earlier today of copying his teaching methods at the Faldo Golf Institute.

Cepelak was on a golf scholarship at Arizona when she met Faldo in 1995 at a tournament. Faldo was separated from his second wife, Gill, at the time. Their divorce is expected to become final this month.

"There are always regrets and heartaches when two people end the kind of relationship which Nick and I have experienced,'' Cepelak, 23, said.