Fit-again Faldo back in action
by BBC Sport
Nick Faldo marked his recovery from the bout of gastro-enteritis that caused him to pull out of the European Open last week by playing a practice round at Muirfield on Tuesday.
Muirfield hosts The Open next week and Faldo won the championship when it was played over the famous links in 1987 and 1992.
"I just had to do it, to come and remind myself of the course and of the subtleties of links golf," said Faldo.
"The course is exactly the way I remember it, just a lot greener.
"It's not very 'linksy' at the moment, but who knows? A few days of sun and wind would soon fix that.
"That apart, the course is in lovely condition."
Faldo called in at the Open venue en route to Loch Lomond, where the Barclays Scottish Open begins on Thursday.
The Open starts on his 45th birthday and he is hoping that experience will be a telling factor.
"I think it's essential to play a links course before tackling the Open and to get back into the way of playing links golf," he said.
"Today wasn't a particularly strong wind and yet on many occasions it wasn't worthwhile taking on the bunkers."