The six-time Major Champion, now spotted more often in the commentary box than on the fairways, will make a rare appearance on The European Tour the week before he plays in The Open Championship at Royal Liverpool Golf Club.
Faldo’s best finish in the Scottish Open came in 1995 when he finished runner up to Australian Wayne Riley at Carnoustie, but the Englishman did win three Open Championships on Scottish soil – at Muirfield in 1987 and 1992, and St Andrews in 1990.
Those historic achievements in Scotland, the Home of Golf, should ensure he receives a warm reception from the galleries at Royal Aberdeen, when he joins a cast of fellow Major winners including Darren Clarke, Paul Lawrie, José María Olazábal, Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose and Phil Mickelson, the defending champion.
“I’m really looking forward to playing at Royal Aberdeen,” said the 56 year old. “The Scottish Open was always one of the leading tournaments on The European Tour in my playing days and I think you can see by strength of the field we have in July that it remains so.
“I’ve always enjoyed playing in Scotland and I am particularly looking forward to the test that Royal Aberdeen will present. I think it is important for me to play in a big event like this before heading to The Open.”
In addition to his three Claret Jugs, Faldo also won the Masters Tournament on three occasions, in 1989, 1990 and 1996. He won 30 European Tour titles in total and is the all-time leading points’ scorer in The Ryder Cup with 25 points from 11 appearances.
Faldo has largely moved away from his illustrious playing career in recent years to take up a successful career as lead analyst with CBS Sports and the Golf Channel.
Discounted tickets to see the host of world-class players in action at the 2014 Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open are now on sale. A season ticket can be purchased for £70 in advance of the tournament, a saving of £10 on admission at the gate. Adult day tickets are currently priced at £30, rising to £35 on the gate.
Concessions (60 and over) start at £50 for a season ticket and £20 for any one day tickets if purchased in advance. Under-16s accompanied by an adult are admitted free of charge and all car parking is also free. Entrance to the Pro-Am on Wednesday is £10 in advance and £15 on the day.
Full ticket information can be found at: www.aamscottishopen.com and www.europeantour.com/tickets or telephone Ticket Hotline: +44 (0) 800 023 2557. Postal enquiries should be sent to: European Tour Tickets, Mirren Court Three, 123 Renfrew Court Three, Paisley, PA3 4EA.