Faldo Turns Back the Clock
Sir Nick Faldo is taking time away from his day job to compete in The 144th Open at St Andrews.
The veteran Englishman will play in Wednesday’s Champion Golfers’ Challenge and then tee up for the last time in the Championship at St Andrews before reverting next week to his full time job as a commentator for CBS and Golf Channel.
“I’m here to play, trying to be a golfer for a week,” he admitted. “It’s hard work. Even the rust is rusty. I had a decent session a couple of weeks ago at The Greenbrier, practised every morning, but then I had TV in the afternoon, that sort of thing, and I was travelling last week.
“It’s quite a shock to go out and play, like yesterday were played in that left-to-right, 20 mile-an-hour wind. It’s a real golf course so I’ve got to work very hard, as best I can, to feel good for Thursday.”
Before that, the three-time Champion Golfer of the Year has the Champion Golfers’ Challenge to play on Wednesday and he will be joined by former caddie, Fanny Sunesson, and youngest daughter, Emma. For the rest of the week, son Matthew will carry his bag.
“Twenty-five years ago, Greg Norman was the world No. 1 and I deemed him to be the man to beat. Back then you had five or six Major guys but, nowadays, you’d say there are maybe 20 guys you’d say have a real chance. I think those numbers have definitely grown now.”
This week Faldo has been paired with Justin Rose and Rickie Fowler for the first two rounds but, like everyone else, will have half an eye on Jordan Spieth as the American bids to emulate Ben Hogan as the only player to have won the first three legs of the Grand Slam in a single calendar year.
“What he has been doing in phenomenal,” said Faldo, who celebrates his 58th birthday on July 18. “One of the things I noticed a year ago is how well he works with his caddie, Mike. They have their own formula and great belief in what they’re doing. I mean you can hear it through TV how well they work together and that’s what you have to do. He’s seeing the right shot, he’s visualising the shot, they’ve got their game plan and they go and do it.
“Yeah, I think he has a shot at the Grand Slam.”