Faldo prepares for Open farewell at St AndrewsApril, 2015
Sir Nick joins Tom Watson in playing in his final championship at the Home of Golf in July
There will be emotional scenes in St Andrews at July’s Open with Sir Nick Faldo confirming that he is joining Tom Watson on making his final appearance in the championship.
Faldo will be celebrating the 25th anniversary of his win at St Andrews in 1990, the second of his three Claret Jugs.
Great Britain’s greatest golfer of the modern era also won twice at Muirfield, in 1987 and 1992, as well as claiming three Green Jackets.
Faldo made his Open debut in 1976 at Birkdale, posting 10 top-10 finishes, and this will be his 37th appearance.
He will celebrate his 58th birthday during the Open and said: “The Open and St Andrews will forever hold a significant place in my heart.
“My fondest moments on my journey with this great sport are woven with pictures and emotions in this setting. It all means a huge amount to me.
“I look forward to celebrating all that golf has given me as I cross that storied bridge and the wonderful memories I share with many people. I am grateful for it all and grateful to golf.”
“The Open and St Andrews will forever hold a significant place in my heart." – Sir Nick Faldo
Peter Dawson, chief executive of the R&A, said, “Sir Nick Faldo is an inspirational figure in British golf and has enjoyed a remarkable career in the Open.
“He has delighted the galleries over many years with his three victories and consistently outstanding performances. I’m sure there will be great anticipation among the galleries at St Andrews to see him play in the Open once again and he will receive a rousing ovation worthy of a great Champion.”
Watson, a five-time champion, will also be playing in his final Open on what is the 40th anniversary of his win in his debut appearance at Carnoustie in 1975.
Curiously, he never won at St Andrews with with his other successes coming at Turnberry (77), Muirfield (80), Troon (82) and Birkdale (83).