Nick Faldo isn’t ready to put the sticks away just yet. This year will be the last Open he plays at St. Andrews, but it won’t be his last Open ever.
The six-time major champion announced in April that this year’s Open Championship would be his last, but Faldo unveiled a new retirement plan on Monday:
New plan–Troon was first Open I attended & Birkdale the first I played–'15 will be last at St Andrew's but I plan to be fit; play 2 more!
— Sir Nick Faldo (@NickFaldo006) June 1, 2015
Faldo’s change of heart will now allow Tom Watson, who is definitely retiring from The Open, to stand alone in the spotlight whenever he crosses Swilcan Bridge for the last time – be it Friday or Sunday.
This year will mark the 25th anniversary of Faldo’s second Open title, won at St. Andrews, and his 58th birthday on the Saturday of tournament week. The Englishman earned the title of Champion Golfer of the Year in 1987, 1990 and 1992 and recorded 10 other Open top-10s between 1982 and 2003.
The Open will head to Royal Troon in 2016 and Royal Birkdale in 2017.