Faldo - opening round horror won’t spoil my final 18 in St Andrews

Nick Faldo ended +11 after his first round. Picture by Michael Gillen.
Nick Faldo ended +11 after his first round. Picture by Michael Gillen.

Sir Nick Faldo is determined to make sure his opening round 83 doesn’t spoil his final 18 holes on the Old Course.

It’s been 25 years since Faldo lifted the Claret Jug at St Andrews and he has already announced that this year’s competition will be his final at the Home of Golf.

Things couldn’t have gone any worse for the Englishman yesterday as he hacked his way through an opening round of +11.

Any hopes of him hanging about for the weekend are remote at the very best, but the six time Major winner says that won’t tarnish his enjoyment as he goes round the Old Course one last time.

“Of course I’ll enjoy it,” he said.

“I’m here with my boy, my family and my friends.

“The bottom line is I still did it 25 years ago and I’m very grateful for that.”

Despite remaining upbeat after coming off the course, Faldo admitted his horror round hadn’t been enjoyable - particularly as the weather started to turn late on.

“It’s no fun when you look at some of the holes we had to play finishing,” he said.

“If you hit a good shot you ended up behind a mound.

“We got the rough end of the day because you know what the morning was like.

“The leaders have got away from me now so I don’t think I have to worry about anything other than staying dry.”