Originally created 11/15/02

Faldo returns to match play



ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. -- Nick Faldo has won more Ryder Cup points than any European in history. Now he gets another chance at team match play with a different set of teammates and a more relaxed atmosphere.

Faldo will join 11 other players from the "Rest of the World" who will try to beat the Americans in the UBS Warburg Cup, a three-day competition that starts Friday on the Seaside Course at Sea Island Golf Club.

"Something like this gets the old competitive juices flowing," Faldo said.

The UBS Warburg Cup is patterned after the Ryder Cup. Each team has six players from the 40-49 age group and six players who are 50-and-over.

Arnold Palmer and South Africa's Gary Player return as playing captains. A year ago, Palmer defeated Player as the United States went on to a 12 1/2 -11 1/2 victory at Kiawah Island.

They are expected to play again in Sunday's singles. Curtis Strange and Sam Torrance, the Ryder Cup captains from The Belfry, are also expected to play each other.

While Faldo hasn't played in a Ryder Cup since 1997, he went 2-0-1 at the UBS Warburg Cup last year and is coming off a dramatic loss at the World Match Play Championship in England, losing a 43-hole match to Michael Campbell.

Even though the matches kick off golf's exhibition season, Faldo was grinding away on his putting after the pro-am at Sea Island.

"That's what held me back in the Match Play," he said. "You've got to make a higher percentage of putts from around the 15-foot range."