Faldo returns at Scottish Open

Sir Nick Faldo has confirmed his entry to the European Tour’s Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open.

Faldo will feature in the event, which tees off at Royal Aberdeen Golf Club on July 10, for the first time in five years. He will join the likes of fellow Major winners including Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose, Darren Clarke and defending champion Phil Mickelson.

The former world number one will use the event to prepare for The Open Championship which tees off the following week at Royal Liverpool.

“I’m really looking forward to playing at Royal Aberdeen,” said the 56-year-old, who was knighted in 2009.

“The Scottish Open was always one of the leading tournaments on The European Tour in my playing days and I think you can see by strength of the field we have in July that it remains so.

“I’ve always enjoyed playing in Scotland and I am particularly looking forward to the test that Royal Aberdeen will present. I think it is important for me to play in a big event like this before heading to The Open.”

Faldo’s best finish at the Scottish Open came in 1995. However, with six Major wins – including three Open Championships – and a 97 week reign at the top of world golf, Faldo is considered the most successful British golfer.

Added to his 1987, 1990 and 1992 wins at The Open are three wins at the Masters and 30 European Tour titiles. The father of four is also the leading points scorer in the Ryder Cup, having scored 25 points in 11 events.

Over the last few years, Faldo has put his playing career on the back-burner as he focuses on performing the duties of a lead analyst with CBS Sports and the Golf Channel.