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Faldo Series Champion to make European Tour debut

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6 June 2012
Sir Nick Faldo with Faldo Series Champion Gavin Samuels

06 June 2012: Reigning Faldo Series Champion Gavin Samuels will make his European Tour debut when he lines up in the Nordea Masters at the Bro Hof Slott Golf Club in Stockholm, Sweden on June 6-9.

“I’m very thankful to Sir Nick for setting up this opportunity,” said Samuels from Leighton Buzzard in England.  “My Faldo Series victory in Europe has really helped my golfing career and this tour start gives me a great chance to test myself against some of the world’s top professional golfers.”

Sir Nick Faldo arranged the invitation for the 21-year-old amateur through the European Tour, which lends its support to the six-time Major winner’s global golf development programme.

“I’d like to thank Nordea and the Tour for supporting golf development through the Faldo Series and for giving our Champion this unique opportunity,” said Faldo.  “Gavin was a worthy winner of the Grand Final in September and I’m sure he will make the most of this experience”.

Samuels won the 2011 Faldo Series Europe title at Lough Erne Resort in Northern Ireland last September by five shots and then went on to finish tied fifth in the Faldo Series Asia Grand Final at Mission Hills Shenzhen in China in March.

Established in 1996, 38 Faldo Series tournaments now take place in 28 countries worldwide with more than 7,000 golfers participating each year.  Past winners include Major Champions Rory McIlroy and Yani Tseng.

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