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Great expectations for Faldo Series South America

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30 May 2018

Sao Paulo, Brazil (30 May): The Faldo Series South America Championship will tee off on June 1st with the strongest field in its history battling for victory at São Fernando Golf Club. 82 golfers from across the continent will compete for a notable victory but also the much coveted qualification to the Faldo Series Grand Final at Al Ain, Equestrian, Shooting & Golf Club later this year.

"It has been great to see Herik’s successes over the past few years with us all over the world," said six-time Major champion Sir Nick Faldo. "Winning the Faldo Series Grand Final with a closing course record round at Al Ain was no mean feat and sets a great standard to his compatriots. We have great plans to expand the Faldo Series further across South America and I hope that Herik’s story can be one of many to inspire young players across the region.’’

The three-time Faldo Series South America Champion Herik Machado brings into focus the many prizes at stake. Machado has experienced enormous success in the last few years with his South America Championship titles taking him to the USA, Germany, the UK and the UAE where he became the Faldo Series Grand Final Champion at Al Ain last year. The Faldo Series has proven to be an incredible springboard for a blossoming golf career as Machado represented Team Faldo in the inaugural Major Champions Invitational in the USA earlier this year.  Despite Machado not in attendance this year as he represents Brazil in the XI Juegos Suramericanos, Cochabamba, Bolivia, the field will be keen to emulate his extraordinary rise. 

With World Amateur Golf Ranking points on offer, golfers aged 12 to 21 will compete over three rounds as São Fernando Golf Club will play host for the first time to the 11th South America Championship.  Players' hailing from every corner of the continent shows the huge draw of the Faldo Series is abundantly clear; as Argentinians, Brazilians, Colombians, Ecuadorians, Paraguayans and Peruvians will battle it out for the win. 

Sir Nick Faldo’s personal coach Keith Wood will attend the event to provide his expertise to the players with one-to-one tuition, but also to work alongside the Brazilian national coaches. His work completed in previous years with the coaches will continue as they grow the Olympic legacy of golf in Brazil.

Today, 40 Faldo Series tournaments take place in 30-plus countries worldwide, touching thousands of golfers each year. Past winners include Major Champions Tseng Ya-ni and Rory McIlroy, who took his tally of professional Major titles to four with his wins at the 2014 Open Championship and US PGA Championship.