No birthday cheer for Nick Faldo at The Open Championship, Muirfield

PUBLISHED: 16:09 18 July 2013 | UPDATED: 17:27 18 July 2013

Nick Faldo (Picture courtesy of Faldo Enterprises)

Nick Faldo (Picture courtesy of Faldo Enterprises)

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HE may have taken a trip down memory lane today at Muirfield, but Sir Nick Faldo's game didn't go exactly as he would have wanted it.

The Welwyn Garden City golfer shot +8 from today’s round, as he endured an inconsistent time of it at the links course.

Faldo, who is celebrating his 56th birthday today, is returning to the scene of two of his greatest triumphs - he won two of his three Open triumphs at Muirfield in 1987 and 1992.

But unfortunately today, he failed to rediscover that magic at the Scottish venue.

It’s hardly surprising however, as Faldo, barring entries into the 2009 and 2010 Opens (where he failed to make the cut on both occasions), has not played competitive golf since his ‘retirement’ in 2007.

Teeing off with fellow golf legends Tom Watson and Fred Couples, Faldo started off the day on the back foot, he hit two bogeys on the first two holes.

But a birdie and three pars on the next four brought him back into contention.

An inconsistent finish to his front nine saw Faldo finish with bogey, birdie, bogey to be at +2.

His back nine, however, were more of a struggle for the Herts golfer, and included two double-bogeys, two bogeys and five pars to leave Faldo on +8 for the day.

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