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Faldo still optimistic despite Sunesson split

Nick Faldo is confident he can recapture the form that made him Britain's most successful golfer, despite the loss of his caddy and confidante of 10 years, Fanny Sunesson.

Sunesson, the diminutive Swede who helped Faldo win three Open Championships and three U.S. Masters, told Faldo she wanted to split over a lunch to celebrate their 10 years together, theSunday Telegraph reported.

"The whole thing is crazy, but she says she has put in a lot of hard work and obviously it has been difficult," Faldo told the Telegraph.

"We haven't been getting the rewards at all. She felt it was time to move on. There is not a lot I can do. I certainly didn't want it to happen." Faldo said.

Faldo has not lifted a trophy for nearly three years, and played 29 tournaments this year in a vain attempt to break into Europe's Ryder Cup team.

"It was a brutal year. I was just trying too hard. I was overloading," Faldo said.

Glimpses of the old Faldo were visible at this week's Australian Open, the 42 year-old shooting rounds of 67 and 68 at the par-72 Royal Sydney course on the way to a four-under 284.

Eighteen-year-old Australian amateur Aaron Baddeley won the title with a 14-under total of 274.

Faldo has enlisted Swedish sports psychologist Kjell Enhagen to help restore his once-trademark driving power and subtle short game, and he is confident of a big improvement in 2000.

"I've still got the big dream of winning the U.S. Open. I think there is another major in me and I still want to get back in the Ryder Cup team. I am starting to climb the ladder again. I've got to get in there, in contention for a major and thinking, hey, I can do it," Faldo said.