Nick Faldo

Nick-Faldo

Born: July 18th, 1957 in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, England
Nationality: English
Famous For: Winning six major championships
Awards: World Golf Hall of Fame, MBE order of chivalry, BBC Sports Personality of the Year

Nick Faldo is an English professional golfer, and is one of Europe’s most successful players ever. As a professional, Nick Faldo has won more than 40 titles, including six Majors, 30 victories on the European Tour, three Open championship and three Masters. Nick Faldo received a knighthood from Queen Elizabeth in November of 2009 for his various contributions to golf.

Early Years

Nick Faldo was born on July 18th, 1957 in Welwyn Garden city in the United Kingdom. His father, George Arthur Faldo was an accountant at a chemical company. He was the only child of his parents. As a young child, Nick was an swimmer and cyclist. He was encouraged to participate in all kinds of outdoor sports, and he was a talented athlete in several sports including soccer, rugby, basketball, tennis and cricket, while receiving his education at Sir Frederic Osborne School. At the age of 10, Nick won the Hertfordshire County medal in the 100-meter breaststroke. He was first inspired to play golf after seeing television coverage of Jack Nicklaus‘s performance at the 1971 Masters.

Professional Career

Nick Faldo turned professional in 1976 and his career kicked off with instant success. Faldo finished 8th on the European Tour in 1977 and bettered it to finish 3rd in the following season. In each of these seasons he won an event on the European Tour. At age of 20, Faldo became the youngest player to play in the Ryder Cup, though this record was broken later on.
In 2008, Faldo culminated his Team Europe Ryder Cup career by serving as Captain. Currently, he is working as the lead golf analyst on the Golf Channel. He also works as an on-air commentator on CBS Sports. He is reportedly Britain’s richest athlete.

After winning consecutive PGA championships in England in 1980 and 1981, Nick became one of the top ranked players on the European circuit in the early 80’s. After struggling in mid-80’s, Nick Faldo underwent revival of his game where he undertook modifications in his swing to improve his overall performance. The hard work took some time to pay off but by the end of the decade, Nick Faldo was again in the reckoning, with a much improved game. In 1987, Faldo won his first major title at the Open Championship at Muirfield. In 1989 and 1990, Faldo won back to back Masters Tournaments, making him first person since Jack Nicklaus to have won back to back Masters Titles.

In the early 90’s, Nick Faldo dominated the golfing arena and was considered the best golfer in the world. He had won more major than any other player at that time. He maintained the world number one ranking for a total of 97 weeks. In 1996, Faldo won his last majors. After 2001, Faldo stopped playing regularly at PGA tournaments. After 2005, Nick’s appearances in tournaments became increasingly sporadic but he has kept participating every now and then. Of late he is seen as a Golfing commentator on BBC sports.