AP — Nick Faldo pulled out an old sweater, and took a familiar walk.
The last one, at least in competition, he’ll take over the famed Swilcan Bridge on the 18th hole at St. Andrews.
Never known for his sentimentality, the three-time British Open champion let his emotions show, at least a bit. After hitting his tee shot on the 18th hole, Faldo donned a bright yellow sweater he wore when winning his first Open at Muirfield in 1987.
He posed on top of the famed Swilcan Bridge, both arms in the air, as if he had won another Open. Then he invited his son, Matthew, who was also his caddie, up for a father-son photo.
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Soon, Faldo – who shot 71 after an opening 83 to miss the cut – was posing with playing partners Justin Rose and Rickie Fowler on the bridge, too.
A few hundred feet away, Dustin Johnson and Jordan Spieth took a break from putting on the first tee to applaud. So did the fans in the huge grandstands lining the final two holes at the Old Course.
Faldo, who now works as a commentator for CBS, had said he would let it be known when he crossed the bridge whether this was his last Open. Afterward, he didn’t commit.
But the yellow sweater and big smile said it all.