Faldo Series Europe Grand Final underway at Lough Erne

Rory McIlroy in action at the Lough Erne Challenge in 2009.The 14th Faldo Series Europe Grand Final begins today on the Faldo Course at Lough Erne Resort, County Fermanagh. Over the next three days, 21-23 September, 81 young golfers from 18 different countries will contest the event, bringing to an end this year’s Faldo Series Europe, to which The R&A has contributed £35,000.

Joining Sir Nick Faldo at the event will be the current world number eight and former Walker Cup star Rory McIlroy, who will travel to Lough Erne on Thursday, in advance of his Ryder Cup debut at the Celtic Manor Resort in Wales, next week.

McIlroy won two Faldo Series titles in 2004 and 2006 before embarking on a stunning professional career. He has claimed victories on both the European and PGA tours, as well as equalling the record for the lowest first round in a Major Championship with a 63 on day one of the 150th Anniversary Open Championship, at St Andrews.

“I am looking forward to the week and to what should be a tremendous Grand Final,” said Faldo. “I am also delighted that Rory is coming to Lough Erne on Thursday.

Curtis Cup player Holly Clyburn“I know he enjoyed playing in the Faldo Series and it says a lot for him that he’s willing to take some time out of his busy schedule to come and chat with this year’s Grand Finalists.”

The Faldo Series Europe Grand Final is an R&A World Amateur Golf Ranking event and is supported by The R&A, the European Tour and Lough Erne. It is also backed by the PGA.

This year’s field is headed by England’s Jonathan Bell and Holly Clyburn who won last year’s Boys’ and Girls’ titles at the 13th Grand Final in Brazil. They will be attempting to emulate Nick Dougherty, Oliver Fisher and Ben Evans by becoming the only golfers to win back-to-back Faldo Series Europe titles.

The Faldo Series Asia is also supported by The R&A, receiving £85,000 in 2010.