Sir Nick Faldo was rolling back the years

Sir Nick Faldo was rolling back the years

It has been many years since he made his last cut on the European Tour in 2007, but Sir Nick Faldo was rolling back the years playing in the BMW South African Open hosted by Ernie Els and the City of Ekurhuleni by shooting a solid 70 two under par at the Glendower Golf Club.

The 6 time major winner has not played any regular golf on the tour since 2004 but he looked like his old self and that he had not been away from competitive golf for so long, after his first round he was sitting just four shots off of the share of the lead – not bad for a golfer nearing his 60th birthday in six month’s time. Sir Nick Faldo was Rolling back the years - Sir Nick Faldo and Ernie Els

The 59-year-old started his round with a silly bogey on the first but managed to make the turn in level par, with holes 15 and 16 yielding birdies for the veteran he made a very tidy round of golf shooting 70.

In his career Faldo has won 30 European Tour Events and was glad to finish the day under par and to show the critics that he could still match some of the top tour players in the world with a solid round of golf, the star-studded field also has the world number 2 Rory McIIroy teeing it up so it should be an eventful four-day tournament.

“It’s enjoyable when you play well but it’s a test when you are constantly trying to make sure that everything is swinging towards the target,” he said.

“I had one bad swing that woke me up and made me push my way through some more shots and I am pleased with that.

“I know what I can do and how to do it but actually doing it is hard work. I have been working on my swing which is this little fade and I am basically testing myself to see if I can do it for the whole round.

“I would love to make the cut, that was my first goal.

I know I can shoot that sort of round so I’ve just got to keep doing the same thing – Sir Nick Faldo

Over the last couple of months Faldo has shed 20 pounds after being diagnosed with a mild sleep apnoea so has been avoiding the carbs to get back to his fighting and strong physical weight, he was told he had to lose some weight because of his illness and he did so in time to make the field in South Africa.

Good luck to Sir Nick in his 2nd round at the Glendower Golf Club and I hope he makes the cut along with host of the event Ernie Els, both players have golf swing to die for and having them grace the fairways at the weekend will surely be a great delight for golfing fans who are attending the event.

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Michael Baker
Bogeys to Birdies

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