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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Faldo Set for Open at Lytham Links

LYTHAM ST. ANNES, England -- Nick Faldo sets off in this week's British Open on what he calls the "accuracy links" of Royal Lytham, a layout where it all began for him in 1975.


The U.S. Masters champion, modern golf's most consistent performer, chases a seventh major title on the course where in 1975 he won the English amateur championship.


"It was the first big one, as near as dammit the start of my career, and I have good memories from that," said the Briton, who turns 39 on Thursday's opening day.


Since then, Faldo has gone on to far greater achievements, including three British Open titles and three victories in the U.S. Masters.


An Open triumph almost came before any of the other three when it was last played at Royal Lytham in 1988.


He began the final round tied with Seve Ballesteros, two shots behind Nick Price, but fell out of contention when he three-putted the seventh hole. What went wrong that day? he was asked Tuesday.


"Wrong? A guy named Seve shot 65, that's what went wrong," he replied. Faldo, now based on the U.S. Tour, missed the halfway cut at the Western Open two weeks ago when he double bogeyed the last two holes to finish one shot away.


He came home early and put himself "into links mode" by going to Royal St. George's, the Open course in southeast England nearest his home where he finished second in 1993.


Once again his defeat there came on an inspired round by the eventual champion, Greg Norman, shooting a final 64 to relegate Faldo to second place by two shots.


Faldo, who avenged that loss with his 67 to Norman's 78 for a five-shot win in the Masters in April, said St. George's was the perfect place for him to prepareand that he is an admirer of the Lytham links.