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Nick Faldo can boost Australian Open

Nick Faldo is highly likely to play in next month's Australian Golf Open at Royal Sydney, reports said Monday.

Speaking after the Michelob Championship in Virginia over the weekend, where he tied for fifth Monday, he gave the strong impression he would be at Royal Sydney. Faldo will be in Australia on other business during the event.

He has to visit Brisbane as part of his sponsorship deal with Jaguar motor cars around the same time, and he also plans to go to Melbourne to look at some land for a golf course.

"You've got some nice land and rumor has it there's enough for a Faldo golf course," Faldo told Australian Associated Press.

The addition of six-time major winner Faldo would be a big boost to the Australian Open, especially as he appears to be coming back into form.

Meanwhile, Trinidad's Stephen Ames is scheduled to play four Australian tournaments, starting at the South Australian Open, but will cancel his trip if his sponsor agrees.

Ames will need to play in Australia to complete his requirement with sponsor Callaway to play 21 tournaments worldwide. If Callaway holds him to the deal, he will be a reluctant visitor.

"It would be tough for my wife and two kids for me to be away from home for almost five weeks," Ames said after tying for 13th at the Michelob tournament.