Nick Faldo

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Nick Faldo

English professional golfer on the European Tour, now mainly an on-air golf analyst add

Category: Golf

Born in 1957.

Countries: United States (24%), Europe (24%), (17%)

Main connections: Masters Tournament, Ryder Cup, The Open Championship

Linked to: Conservative Party, BBC, Maybach, Mercedes-Benz

 

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Nick Faldo was born in 1957 add something


1965

Faldo became the first player to win back-to-back Masters titles since Jack Nicklaus in 1965-66 add something


1970

Faldo missed a 25-foot birdie putt on the 18th green which would have made him the first British player since Tony Jacklin in 1970 to hold both major national championships add something


1971

After watching Jack Nicklaus play the 1971 Masters on television he was inspired to take up the game of golf at the age of 13 add something


1975

Four years later, while working as a carpet fitter, Faldo won the English Amateur and the British Youths Championship in 1975 add something

 

It was the first time he had not taken part in the competition since failing to qualify as an amateur in 1975 add something


1977

Faldo achieved instant success on the European Tour, finishing 8th on the Order of Merit in 1977 and 3rd in 1978, winning a European Tour event in each of those seasons add something


1979

They married in 1979, but less than five years later they parted when she discovered he was having an affair with his manager's secretary, Gill Bennett add something


1980

Faldo won two consecutive Sun Alliance PGA Championship's in England in 1980 and 1981, becoming one of the leading players on the European Tour in the early 1980s add something

 

Sandy Lyle - Along with Nick Faldo and Ian Woosnam, he became one of Britain's top golfers during the 1980s


1981

This was Team USA's largest margin of victory since 1981, and the first time since 1979 the Americans had the lead after every session of play add something


1983

He had five victories on the European Tour in 1983, finishing top of the Order of Merit that year add something

 

Paul Way - For a few years, Way was one of Europe's most promising young golfers, and he represented Europe in the Ryder Cup in 1983, when he became the second youngest Ryder Cup player up to that time after Nick Faldo, and again in 1985, when Europe captured the trophy which had been in American hands for twenty-eight years


1986

He married Bennett in 1986, and the couple had three children: Natalie, Matthew, and Georgia add something

 

Masters Tournament - Previous examples include German Bernhard Langer's 1986 Wiener Schnitzel feast, Britain's Nick Faldo's Fish and Chips, Canadian Mike Weir's elk and wild boar, and Vijay Singh's Seafood Tom Kah and Chicken Panang Curry

 

The Open Championship - To date, eight different players hold the record for shooting a 63 at The Open, including Greg Norman at Turnberry in 1986 and Nick Faldo at Royal St George's in 1993


1987

He spent a total of 97 weeks altogether at the top of the Official World Golf Ranking and his total of six professional major tournament wins were more than any other player in the world from 1987 through 1996 add something

 

Two of Faldo's Open Championship wins came after mistakes in the closing two holes by Paul Azinger in 1987 and John Cook in 1992 add something

 

Leadbetter had warned Faldo that it would take a couple of years to yield benefits from swing changes and his performances decreased for a period of time as the changes occurred, but clear evidence of improvement came in May 1987 when he won the Peugeot Spanish Open, his first European Tour victory since 1984 add something

 

A greater success followed two months later in July 1987 when Faldo claimed his first major title at The Open Championship at Muirfield add something


1988

At the 1988 U.S._Open (U.S._Open_(golf)), Faldo ended 72 holes of regulation play in a tie for the lead with Curtis Strange add something

 

But in our playoff in the 1988 U.S._Open (U.S._Open_(golf)), I was in a good frame of mind to handle him add something

 

Men's major golf championships - The single exception was Nick Faldo in 1988, whose finishes of 2nd, 3rd and 4th earned him more world ranking points than any of that year's champions achieved during the season


1989

Faldo was voted BBC Sports Personality of the Year in 1989 and inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1997 add something

 

Faldo won his second major championship at the 1989 Masters add something

 

His three Masters titles at Augusta came after mistakes by Scott Hoch missing a short putt in 1989, Raymond Floyd hitting an approach shot into a pond in 1990 and from a collapse by Greg Norman in the final round in 1996 add something


1990

At the 1990 Masters, Faldo successfully defended his Masters title add something

 

Faldo was named the PGA Tour Player of the Year in 1990 and the European Tour Player of the Year in 1989, 1990 and 1992, and has won 29 European Tour titles add something

 

For much of the early 1990s, Faldo was considered the best golfer in the world add something

 

In 1990, Dobereiner described Faldo as "a loner to the point of standoffishness, consumed by ambition, arrogant, self-centred and obsessively driven by the impossible dream of technical perfection add something

 

In the next major at the 1990 U.S._Open (U.S._Open_(golf)) at Medinah Country Club, Faldo finished tied for 3rd place add something

 

The following month, Faldo won his second Open Championship in 1990 at St Andrews, Scotland, by five shots, becoming the first golfer since Tom Watson in 1982 to win two majors in the same year add something

 

Throughout the early 1990s, Faldo remained a European Tour player while visiting America regularly and playing events around the world, but in 1995 he decided to concentrate on playing on the U.S. PGA Tour, as his priority was to win further major championships add something

 

Raymond Floyd - Floyd came very close to becoming the first player to have won major championships in four different decades, most notably at The Masters in 1990, where he lost in a playoff to Nick Faldo


1991

In 1991, Faldo launched his golf course design practice "'Faldo Design"', which has designed or remodelled dozens of courses spread across several continents add something

 

In the 1991 Ryder Cup, Faldo received criticism in the media for his conduct during a 7&6 foursomes defeat suffered with debutant David Gilford add something


1992

Faldo claimed the European Tour Order of Merit a second time in 1992 add something

 

Faldo displayed visible emotion after his Open-winning putt on the final hole at Muirfield in 1992, trembling and shedding tears add something

 

Faldo had a 54-hole lead of four shots in the 1992 Open, before losing the lead during the back-nine of the final round to American John Cook add something

 

Faldo won the famous Claret Jug trophy for a third time in the 1992 Open Championship at Muirfield add something

 

For three consecutive Open Championships between 1992 to 1994, Faldo carded one round of less than 65 strokes in each of the three Opens, shooting a 64 at Muirfield in 1992, a 63 at Royal St George's in 1993, and a 64 at Turnberry in 1994 add something


1993

In July 1993, Faldo won the Carroll's Irish Open for an unprecedented third time in a row add something


1995

During a 1995 Ryder Cup match, Tom Lehman was critical of Faldo for not clearly telling him to pick his ball up when it was a foot away from the hole add something

 

When Faldo moved to America in 1995 to play full-time on the PGA tour, Bennett stayed at home in England and the marriage ended later that year after Faldo began a relationship with 20-year-old American golfing student Brenna Cepelak add something


1996

After Faldo's victory at the 1996 Masters, he had just one further tournament win in his career at the 1997 Nissan Open in Los Angeles, at the age of 39 add something

 

Faldo went into the final round at the 1996 Masters trailing Greg Norman by six shots, but was the beneficiary of an infamous Sunday collapse at Augusta by Norman; Faldo shot a 67 to win by five over Norman, who struggled mightily en route to a 78 add something

 

In 1996 he launched the "'Faldo Series"' to provide opportunities to young golfers under the age of 21 from around the world both male and female add something

 

Masters Tournament - In 1996, Norman tied the course record with an opening round 63, and had a six-stroke lead over Nick Faldo entering the final round


1997

Along with the Marriott hotel chain, Faldo established The Faldo Golf Institute in 1997 add something

 

Lee Westwood - Westwood made his Ryder Cup debut in 1997 where he partnered fellow Englishman Nick Faldo in both sets of fourballs and foursomes


1998

Faldo's relationship with Bercher, a Swiss PR agent, began in 1998 when they met at the European Masters golf tournament add something

 

He was awarded the MBE in 1998, made a Knight Bachelor in the 2009 Birthday Honours for his services to golf add something

 

In 1998, Faldo's partnership with David Leadbetter came to an acrimonious end when Faldo dispensed with his services by post in a letter add something


2000

In 2000, Faldo was ranked 18th greatest golfer of all time by "Golf Digest" magazine add something


2001

The last season that he played regularly on the PGA Tour was 2001 add something

 

She left her fiance Olivier Delaloye and married Faldo in July 2001 in a lavish ceremony at his Windsor home, and they have a daughter Emma Scarlet add something


2002

At the 2002 U.S._Open (U.S._Open_(golf)), a month before his 45th birthday, Faldo finished in a very creditable position of tied for 5th place add something

 

In 2002, Faldo's former Ryder Cup colleague Sandy Lyle said: "I've never known Nick add something

 

Lanny Wadkins - Wadkins worked as an analyst for CBS from 2002 until 2007 when he was replaced by Nick Faldo


2003

In 2003, Leadbetter said of Faldo: "He wasn't the most popular guy with all the players, that's for sure add something

 

In 2003, PGA chief executive Sandy Jones said of Faldo's career: "His career achievements position him as Britain's best golfer of all time add something

 

Oliver Fisher - He was a winner of the Faldo Series, Nick Faldo's development programme for young golfers, in 2003, 2004 and 2005 and as such was regarded as one of the best prospects of his generation


2004

After cutting back on his playing schedule, Faldo became a broadcaster for ABC Sports' PGA Tour coverage, where he worked from 2004 to 2006 add something

 

Kiran Matharu - A Sikh of Punjabi origin, Matharu was a member of the Nick Faldo Series development programme and 2004 and 2005 Faldo Series Girls' Champion


2005

After 2005, Faldo's appearances in professional tournaments became increasingly sporadic add something

 

In an interview in 2005, Curtis Strange said: "Nick Faldo stared a lot of guys down add something


2006

In 2006, apart from appearances in the Masters and at the Open Championship, Faldo played in only two other events on the European Tour that year add something

 

It was announced in May 2006 that Faldo had filed for divorce add something

 

On 3 October 2006, it was announced that Faldo had signed a contract with CBS to replace Lanny Wadkins as the network's lead golf analyst add something

 

Martin Kaymer - He was the first player since Tiger Woods in 2006 to win three successive tournaments in a year and the first European to achieve this since Nick Faldo in 1989


2007

He did play in the 2007 Open at Carnoustie, missing the cut add something

 

In 2007 he became the lead analyst for Golf Channel's coverage on the PGA Tour add something

 

In 2007, Mercedes-Benz tapped Faldo to act as brand ambassador, to promote the revival of the Maybach brand of ultra-luxury automobiles add something

 

In the first half of 2007, Faldo did not appear in any regular tour events add something

 

My playing days aren't completely over but my priority now is given to CBS." Faldo's decision meant he missed the 2007 Masters, an event he had won three times add something


2008

Faldo did not take part in the 2008 Open at Royal Birkdale add something

 

Faldo was selected as captain of the European Ryder Cup team in 2008 add something

 

The "Daily Mail" described Europe's 2008 Ryder Cup defeat as "a calamitous loss" add something

 

Colin Montgomerie - A second place at the French Open in June boosted him back up the rankings, but his good play was short-lived, and as a result Montgomerie failed to qualify for Nick Faldo's 2008 Ryder Cup team

 

Lee Westwood - During the 2008 Matches, Westwood sat out for the first session in his Ryder Cup career during the matches after a controversial decision by captain Nick Faldo

 

Colin Montgomerie - Montgomerie was not part of Nick Faldo's 2008 Ryder Cup team, with the wildcards going to Paul Casey and Ian Poulter

 

Ian Woosnam - This will be a one-off assignment as Nick Faldo was elected for 2008 at the same time


2009

He entered in 2009 at Turnberry and 2010 at St Andrews, but missed the 36-hole cut at both add something


2010

Ventanas de San Miguel hosts an 18 hole par-70 course that was opened in late 2010 add something

 

Lee Westwood - In late 2010 Westwood became the World number one golfer, ending the reign of Tiger Woods, and becoming the first British golfer since Nick Faldo in 1994 to hold that position


2011

Faldo opted not to take part in the 2011 Open at Royal St George's add something


2012

He decided not to compete in the 2012 Open, instead joining the BBC Sport commentary team for the event add something

 

In an interview with the British "Daily Mail" newspaper in 2012, Faldo said of his Ryder Cup captaincy: "The bottom line is that it was a tough experience and very tough for me to deal with afterwards add something

 

According to the Sunday Times Rich List, Faldo has a net worth of £34 million as of May 2012 add something


2013

Faldo competed at the 2013 Open at Muirfield add something

 

Justin Rose - He won his first major championship at the 2013 U.S._Open (U.S._Open_(golf)) at Merion Golf Club, becoming the first English player to win a major since Nick Faldo in 1996 and the first to win the U.S._Open (U.S._Open_(golf)) since Tony Jacklin in 1970


2014

Faldo was announced as the 2014 recipient of the Payne Stewart Award on 9 September 2014 add something

 

Ian Poulter - In October 2014, PGA of America president Ted Bishop responded to Poulter's criticism of the Ryder Cup captaincy of Nick Faldo and Tom Watson by calling Poulter a "lil girl", which led to Bishop's firing


2015

Faldo decided to make the 2015 Open Championship at St. Andrews his final Open Championship appearance, the same year that Tom Watson's eligibility to the event is coming to an end add something