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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

A Fitter, Slimmer Faldo Aims to Regain Top Spot

MIAMI, Florida -- After a winter spent in the gym rather than the golf course, Britain's Nick Faldo believes he is fitter than ever and ready to compete.


Faldo is part of the field this week at the Doral Open, the first of four tournaments he will play in America as preparation for the Masters.


Faldo, 4.5 kilograms lighter since this time last year due to his daily workouts, said Tuesday that he was delighted to be in Florida, "the weather here is 100 times better than England, at least it's golfable. We've had the worst weather I can remember and I've had no practice at all."


Faldo spent four days with his coach, David Leadbetter, working on bringing his swing and putting stroke back to the levels of 1992, when he won six tournaments, including the British Open, and was the leading money winner in Europe.


Said Faldo: "I was disappointed last year, my swing wasn't as good as the year before, when I went into every week looking to play well and win.


"I tried a different putting stroke last year as well and that didn't work, but we're getting back on the right track now."


Faldo's last tournament was a month ago in Thailand, where he missed the cut. Australia's Greg Norman won the tournament and took over the top spot in the world golf rankings. Faldo dropped down to second place.


As a nonmember of the PGA Tour, Faldo is permitted to enter just five events outside of the majors and the Players Championship.


"I'd certainly like to play more over here," he said. "I'd like to play several more tournaments than I'm allowed, I'd like to be able to come over as often as I want."