Field set for second Faldo Series Grand Final in the U.S.
17 October 2014: The Faldo Series has announced a multinational field that includes some of the world’s best young amateur golfers for the eighteenth Grand Final which tees off in the U.S. on October 22-24. A total of 86 golfers from 20 countries will join Sir Nick Faldo at The Greenbrier in West Virginia, USA for the World Amateur Golf Ranking event.
“We are very excited about bringing the Grand Final back to The Greenbrier where the players will once again have the opportunity to experience tournament golf on a course that has hosted the Ryder Cup and the PGA Tour five times,” commented Faldo. "Furthermore, I am delighted to announce that this year we will be joined in West Virginia by the 38th President of The PGA of America Ted Bishop and my former caddie Fanny Sunesson, both of whom will be on hand to pass on advice to the players along with myself and a host of other experts.”
“My thanks to Jim Justice and The Greenbrier and our Major partners; The R&A; The European Tour and ISPS Handa for once again making all of this possible.”
"It is a pleasure to be at The Greenbrier Resort and work with Faldo Series winners from around the world at the Grand Final," said Bishop. "The PGA of America celebrates this international effort and is proud to support Nick Faldo in what has become a well-recognized global initiative to provide opportunity through golf."
Reigning Champion Megan Khang, who competed in her second U.S. Women’s Open earlier in the year, is amongst the field and will be aiming to defend the historic title that she won in West Virginia last October. The 16-year-old held off a final round challenge from England’s Paul Kinnear twelve months ago to become the first ever female winner of the Faldo Series.
The World Amateur Golf Ranking event will see golfers aged 12 to 21 compete over three rounds on the Old White TPC course at The Greenbrier. Off the course they will spend time with a number of industry experts including Faldo; Ted Bishop – the 38th President of The PGA of America; Fanny Sunesson – the most successful female caddie in modern golf history; Faldo’s personal coach Keith Wood and experts from TrackMan and ProGolf Health.
With the field at The Greenbrier divided into five age-categories, three boys and two girls will each receive a trophy and an exemption into the ninth Asia Grand Final in 2015. The leading boy and girl will also be invited to play in a professional Tour event and the title of Faldo Series Champion will go to the player with the lowest gross score, regardless of age or gender.
Local school children will also be present during the week to attend clinics with Faldo and watch the competitors in action, part of a Faldo Series drive to help grow golf at the grass-roots level.
Supported by The R&A, The Greenbrier, ISPS Handa, European Tour, PGA Tour, PGA of America, West Virginia Golf Association, TaylorMade, Golf Channel, CBS, Audemars Piguet and Southern Golf the 2014 Faldo Series Europe schedule features 17 tournaments in 15 countries including three in England plus others in Abu Dhabi, Ireland, Chile, Wales, Brazil, Scotland, Czech Republic, Italy, Austria, Netherlands, Germany, Poland, Slovakia and the USA.
Established in 1996, 40 Faldo Series tournaments now take place in 30 countries worldwide with more than 7,000 golfers participating each year. Past winners include Major Champions Rory McIlroy and Yani Tseng.