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Nick Faldo to make senior debut at British Senior Open

Nick Faldo will make his seniors debut at Muirfield, the course where he won the British Open in 1987 and 1992.

The $2 million British Senior Open from July 26-29 coincides with Faldo's 50th birthday and the six-times major winner cannot wait to go back to the Scottish course.

"Every return visit rekindles fantastic memories for me but at the same time it does come as a bit of a shock that so much time has gone by since my first major success in 1987," Faldo said in a news release.

"It will certainly be a special week being the 20th anniversary of that victory."

The 2008 European Ryder Cup captain spends a lot of time in U.S. television commentary boxes these days but plans to work hard to prepare for his maiden appearance as a senior.

"I will try to bust a gut to make time to practice and get my body in shape," said Faldo, who turns 50 on July 18. "A Senior Open title at Muirfield to go with my two regular Open titles there is certainly the goal for me.

"I have to work hard on my game to make that happen but I also think Muirfield will inspire me. I think the memories will start to come back as soon as I stand on the first tee," said Faldo, who plans to use his teenage son Matthew as caddie.

Among the other players to have formally entered for the British Senior Open are Tom Watson, Ben Crenshaw, Tom Kite, Gary Player and Craig Stadler.

Other past major winners eligible to play include Seve Ballesteros, Wayne Grady, Tony Jacklin, Mark O'Meara, Greg Norman and Nick Price.


April 24, 2007

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