CARY, N.C. - Six-time PGA Tour major champion Nick Faldo will be in the field for the upcoming 2013 SAS Championship that will take place Oct. 7-13 at Prestonwood Country Club as announced on Wednesday.
It will be Faldo’s first Champions Tour entry besides making two appearances at the Senior British Open.
"I'm curious,” said Faldo about why he is starting his Champions Tour career now.
“I enjoyed the process of training for the Open Championship and was happy with my effort after limited training. This is the first time I've entertained thoughts of committing myself and playing again. I look forward to the preparation and testing my competitive skills again.”
Faldo split his major championships between the Masters (1989, 1990, and 1996) and The Open Championship (1987, 1990, and 1992).
This year, Faldo made his first start at the British Open in three years, but did not make the cut at Muirfield after finishing with rounds of 79 and 78.
He has been the voice of golf for CBS Sports since 2006 and now also provides analysis on The Golf Channel.
As a 1997 inductee into the World Golf Hall of Fame, the former number one player in the world received a knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II in November 2009.
Sir Nick is the only living British golfer to receive the distinction.
“He may technically be a 56-year-old rookie, but I know he is an impactful addition to an already strong field. I am sure he will get a warm reception from the great golf fans in the Triangle.”
Earlier this week it was announced that nine former SAS Championship winners, including defending champion and World Golf Hall of Famer Bernhard Langer (2012), current Charles Schwab Cup leader Kenny Perry (2011), Russ Cochran (2010), Tom Pernice, Jr. (2009), Mark Wiebe (2007), Tom Jenkins (2006), World Golf Hall of Famer Hale Irwin (2005), Craig Stadler (2004), and D.A. Weibring (2003), will compete in this year’s event.
“We've heard only the best things about the SAS Championship and know well the enthusiasm for golf in the region,” continued Faldo.
“For that reason, I'm happy it all worked out this way and that the SAS Championship will be my Champions Tour debut."