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Sir Nick Faldo aiming to play at Irish Open

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Sir Nick Faldo has admitted that he wants to participate in the Irish Open when Lough Erne hosts the event for the first time in 2017.

Faldo will have an advantage if he does compete in the tournament as he helped design the course in County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland.

The six-time major winner from England will be 59 when the event takes place but said he'd relish the opportunity to compete.

"I wouldn't mind giving it a go - I'd love to, that would be a cool thing to do," said Faldo.

The former world number one, who had that rank for 97 weeks during his career, won the Irish Open during three consecutive years in 1991, 1992 and 1993.

Faldo is a former European Ryder Cup captain but now lives in the United States and works as a television analyst. He hopes he can fit in some practice around his work commitments ahead of the tournament.

"I might tee it up and I'll only be 59. I'll see if I can get my TV schedules worked out and get in a bit of practice," added Faldo, speaking after the US Masters finished on Sunday.

The European Tour chief executive George O'Grady confirmed that Faldo was interesting in competing in 2017. O'Grady refused to rule out a place for Faldo but insisted that he would have to make sure he's put in plenty of practice ahead of the tournament.

"You know he wouldn't just pitch up to make up the numbers - he would go and work on his game to make sure he is a competitor," added O'Grady.

"You don't make rules for players like Nick Faldo."

The Irish Open is set to return to Northern Ireland in 2015 when Royal County Down will host the event. Two years later Lough Erne will stage the event for the first time.

The 2012 Irish Open returned to Northern Ireland after a 59-year absence and the country has two more tournaments to look forward to in 2015 and 2017.

Faldo, who turned professional in 1976, has won the Open Championship three times in 1987, 1990 and 1992 a feat matched in the US Masters with victories in 1989, 1990 and 1996.

The last tournament the 56-year old competed in was the 2013 Open Championship at Muirfield but he failed to make the cut.


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