Faldo <B>can</B> putt, officially!

The Guvnor CAN putt. Nick leads the putting stats at the US Open Championship this week...

Martin Park
Mon, 19 Jun 2000

The Guvnor can putt, it's official. Nick Faldo led the putting stats around Pebble Beach this week. The former World number One and winner of six major Championships has found his game at long last and hopes to be a threat when the next Major arrives in St Andrews.

Faldo averaged 1.44 putts per hole around Pebble Beach for the week, even beating Tiger, who could only amass a pretty poor (!) 1.53 putts per hole.

Nick Faldo putted his way to sole possession of seventh place at Pebble Beach yesterday with a level par 71 in his last round to close with a six over par total.

Faldo, who has been out of sorts and in the press to much since 1996, the start of his Major Championship decline, fired his best four rounds in a major since The Open at Royal Lytham and St Annes.

That year he finished fourth behind Tom Lehman and if he putted half-decent that day, he would have coasted home, but he missed them all and the pattern continued for four years in the Majors.

But faithful Faldo supporters witnessed the comeback of Welwyn Garden City's finest as he canned putts of various lengths around the notoriously fast greens of Pebble Beach.

"The big thing is just the confidence factor," Faldo said. "It's doing it when you've got to do it. That's been a good learning curve this week, to find out what's needed, what was missing from the swing, to hit the shots that you're trying to hit."

"I've been working hard on changing things the last month," Faldo said. "A lot of things have improved, and there's still things I want to improve. But basically it was a good week."

And just to show he has the mettle still, Faldo, playing in the 'other ' tournament managed to secure seventh place on his own by draining a downhill, left to right slick putt at the final hole to save his par and close out his best tournament since the 1997 LA Open at Riviera.

"That was a nice way to end to the week," Faldo said.



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