Who's who in golf - Nick Faldo


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Name: - Nicholas Alexander "Nick" Faldo
Country: - England
Born : - Jul 18, 1957 in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire.
Original Home/Club: - Welwyn Garden City, Herts.
Occupation: - Professional golfer; golf course designer; golf academy director; wine grower; commentator; entrepreneur.
Turned Pro: - 1976 (age 18).
Web Address: - http://www.nickfaldo.com

Roll of Honour

Majors (6). Ryder Cup player (1977, '79, '81, '83, '85, '87, '89, '91, '93, '95, '97). Ryder Cup captain (2008). Total professional wins (40), of which European Tr (30) and US PGA Tr (9). European Tr Rookie of the Year (1977) and Order of Merit winner (1983, '92). Has held the official ranking of world's No.1 male golfer. World Golf Hall of Fame (inducted in 1997). Appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire, MBE (1998), and a Knight Bachelor (2009), which carries the title "Sir."


Golf course design

Nick Faldo has designed many golf courses around the world. The list includes, but is not limited to:

EUROPE & MIDDLE EAST: Ballyliffin (Ire); Chart Hills (Eng); Cornelia (Turkey); Elea (Cyprus); Emirates, Faldo course (Dubai); Katameya Dunes (Egypt); Lough Erne (N. Ire); Oceânico Faldo (Port); Sporting Club Berlin (Ger).

NORTH AMERICA: Grande Pines (FL, with Steve Smyers); Roco Ki (Dominican Rep); Shadow Ridge (Calif, with Schmidt-Curley); The Rock (Ontario); Wildfire GC, Faldo course (Phoenix);

ASIA: Angkor (Cambodia); Beijing Honghua (China); Lakeview (China); Mission Hills, Faldo course (China).


Did you know?

Nick Faldo is England's greatest golfer of the modern era. Ever the competitor, he grew up with a real passion for sports. After many successes in swimming, athletics, football and cycling, he took up golf aged 13, inspired by seeing the 1971 Masters on television. His short experience at the University of Houston on a partial golf scholarship, was followed by a decision to return to the UK and turn professional in 1976 at the age of 18. There was no looking back. During the next 20 years Nick became a prodigious winner on the world stage, becoming a six-time major championship winner. Beyond the golf course, Nick's activities now include teaching academies, developing younger players, wine-growing, golf course design, golf commentary and many other business pursuits.


Top tournaments won by Nick Faldo

1997Men AmericaLos Angeles OpenRiviera CC, Calif.272 (-12)$252,000
Played as the Nissan Open (Feb 27-Mar 2). Second-placed and defending champion Craig Stadler (USA) finished 3 shots behind Faldo (Eng), who recorded the last of his nine PGA Tour wins. [Riviera CC, Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles, CA].
1996Men MajorsThe MastersAugusta National276 (-12)$450,000
The Masters Tournament (60th) (April 11-14). Greg Norman (Aus) finished 5 shots behind Faldo (Eng). Faldo entered the final round six shots behind Norman, and went on to win by five to claim his third Masters green jacket. [Augusta National GC, Augusta, GA].
1995Men AmericaDoral OpenDoral Golf Resort273 (-15)$270,000
Played as the Doral Ryder Open (March 2-5). Second-placed Greg Norman (Aus) and Peter Jacobsen (USA) finished 1 shot behind Faldo (Eng). [Blue Monster course, Doral Resort, Miami, FL].
1994Men EuropeBelgian OpenRoyal Zoute279 (-5)£100,000
Played as the Alfred Dunhill Open (June 2-5; played for the last time until 1998). Faldo (Eng) beat Joakim Haeggman (Swe) with a par at the first playoff hole, to record his last European Tour win on European soil. [Royal Zoute GC, Knokke-Heist, West Flanders, Belgium].
1994Men AfricaNedbank Golf ChallengeGary Player CC272 (-16)$1,000,000
Played as the Million Dollar Golf Challenge (Dec 1-4; unofficial event; limited field of 12 top tour professionals). Second-placed Nick Price (Zim) finished 3 shots behind Faldo (Eng). In 1992 both Nick Price and Nick Faldo were disqualified; in 1993 Price won the tournament and in 1994 it was Faldo's turn. [Gary Player CC, Sun City Resort, North West Prov, South Africa].
1993Men EuropeIrish OpenMount Juliet276 (-12)£96,630
Played as Carroll's Irish Open. Defending champion Faldo (Eng) beat José María Olazábal (Esp) at the first playoff hole, to record his third straight win in this event. This was the last of Faldo's three Irish Open wins. [Mount Juliet GC, Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny, Ireland].
1993Men AsiaJohnnie Walker ClassicSingapore Is. CC269 (-11)£91,660
Played as the Johnnie Walker Classic (Eurpn Tr event in Asia). Second-placed Nick Price (Zim) finished 2 shots behind Couples (USA). [Palmer course, Orchard G&CC, Dasmarinas, Philippines].
1993Men AwardsLow Stroke Ave - Eurpn Tr69.76n/a
Faldo (Eng) recorded the season's lowest stroke average on the European Tour. Ian Woosnam (Wales) was second with 69.81; Bernhard Langer (Ger) was third with 70.00.
1992Men EuropeEuropean OpenSunningdale, Eng262 (-18)£100,000
Played as the GA European Open (Sept 10-13). Second-placed Robert Karlsson (Swe) finished 3 shots behind Faldo (Eng). [Old course, Sunningdale GC, Sunningdale, Berks].
1992Men EuropeIrish OpenKillarney G&FC274 (-14)£76,274
Played as Carroll's Irish Open. Defending champion Faldo (Eng) beat Wayne Westner (RSA) at the fourth playoff hole. This was the second of three Irish Open wins for Faldo. [Killeen course, Killarney G&FC, Co. Kerry].
1992Men AmericaJohnnie Walker World Ch'shipTryall Club274 (-6)$550,000
Played as the Johnnie Walker World Golf Championship (Dec 17-20; at the time the world's richest tournament for 28 of the world's top players). Faldo (Eng) beat Greg Norman (Aus) with a par at the first playoff hole. [Tryall Club, Montego Bay, Jamaica].
1992Men AwardsLow Stroke Ave - Eurpn Tr68.70n/a
Faldo (Eng) recorded the season's lowest stroke average on the European Tour. Bernhard Langer (Ger) was second with 69.72; Ian Woosnam (Wales) was third with 69.73.
1992Men AwardsOrder of Merit - Eurpn Tr£708,522see Score
Faldo (Eng) won his second Harry Vardon Trophy as the European Tour 1992 Volvo Order of Merit winner, with earnings of £708,522 on the Tour. Bernhard Langer (Ger) was second with £488,912; Colin Montgomerie (Scot) was third with £447,712.
1992Men AwardsPlyr of Yr - Eurpn Trxn/a
Faldo (Eng) won his third European Tour Golfer of the Year Award, determined by a panel of representatives from the European Tour, golf writers, and TV and radio commentators.
1992Men EuropeScandinavian MastersBarseback G&CC277 (-11)£100,000
Played as the Scandinavian Masters. Second-placed Robert Allenby (Aus), Peter Baker (Eng), Danny Mijovic (Can), Frank Nobilo (NZ), José María Olazábal (Esp) and Peter O'Malley (Aus) finished 3 shots behind Faldo (Eng). [Masters course, Barsebäck G&CC, nr Malmö, Sweden].
1992Men MajorsThe OpenMuirfield272 (-12)£95,000
The Open Championship (121st) (July 16-19). Second-placed John Cook (USA) finished 1 shot behind Faldo (Eng), who recorded his third Open Championship win. [Muirfield - The Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers, East Lothian].
1992Men EuropeWorld Match PlayWentworth Club8 & 7£160,000
Played as the Toyota World Match Play Championship. Faldo (Eng) beat Jeff Sluman (USA) 8 and 7 in the 36-hole final. [West course, Wentworth Club, Virginia Water, Surrey].
1991Men EuropeIrish OpenKillarney G&FC283 (-5)£60,960
Played as Carroll's Irish Open. Second-placed Colin Montgomerie (Scot) finished 3 shots behind Faldo (Eng). This was the first of three Irish Open wins for Faldo. [Killeen course, Killarney G&FC, Co. Kerry].
1990Men AsiaJohnnie Walker ClassicHong Kong GC270 (-14)US$50,000
The inaugural Johnnie Walker Asian Classic. Second-placed Ian Woosnam (Wales) finished 4 shots behind Faldo (Eng). [Championship Composite course, Hong Kong GC, Fanling; at the time called Royal Hong Kong GC].
1990Men AwardsPlyr of Yr - Eurpn Trxn/a
Faldo (Eng) won his second straight European Tour Golfer of the Year Award, determined by a panel of representatives from the European Tour, golf writers, and TV and radio commentators.
1990Men AwardsPlyr of Yr - PGA of Amxn/a
Faldo (Eng) won the PGA of America Player of the Year Award (based on points allocated for PGA Tour wins, money-list position and scoring average).
1990Men MajorsThe MastersAugusta National278 (-10)$225,000
The Masters Tournament (54th) (April 5-8). Defending champion Faldo (Eng) beat Raymond Floyd (USA) with a par at the second playoff hole (par-4 11th). [Augusta National GC, Augusta, GA].
1990Men MajorsThe OpenSt Andrews270 (-18)£85,000
The Open Championship (119th) (July 19-22). Second-placed Payne Sewart (USA) and Mark McNulty (Zim) finished 5 shots behind Faldo (Eng). This was Faldo's second major championship win in 1990, and second Open Championship title. [The Old Course, St Andrews, Fife].
1989Men EuropeBMW PGA Ch'shipWentworth Club272 (-16)£58,330
Played as the Volvo PGA Championship. Second-placed Ian Woosnam (Wales) finished 2 shots behind Faldo (Eng), who recorded his fourth PGA Championship win. [West course, Wentworth Club, Virginia Water, Surrey].
1989Men EuropeBritish MastersWoburn267 (-21)£50,000
Played as the Dunhill British Masters. Second-placed Ronan Rafferty (N.Ire) finished 4 shots behind Faldo (Eng). [Duke's course, Woburn GC, nr Milton Keynes, Bucks].
1989Men EuropeFrench OpenChantilly273 (-7)£58,330
Played as the Peugeot Open de France. Second-placed Hugh Baiocchi (RSA), Mark Roe (Eng) and Bernhard Langer (Ger) finished 1 shot behind defending champion Faldo (Eng). This was the last of three French Open wins for Faldo. [Vineuil course, Golf de Chantilly, nr Paris].
1989Men AwardsLow Stroke Ave - Eurpn Tr69.64n/a
Faldo (Eng) recorded the season's lowest stroke average on the European Tour. Jose Maria Olazabal (Esp) was second with 69.83; Craig Parry (Aus) was third with 69.86.
1989Men AwardsPlyr of Yr - Eurpn Trxn/a
Faldo (Eng) won the European Tour Golfer of the Year Award, determined by a panel of representatives from the European Tour, golf writers, and TV and radio commentators.
1989Men MajorsThe MastersAugusta National283 (-5)$200,000
The Masters Tournament (53rd) (April 6-9). Faldo (Eng) beat Scott Hoch (USA) with a birdie at the second playoff hole (par-4 11th), to become the first Englishman to win The Masters. [Augusta National GC, Augusta, GA].
1989Men EuropeWorld Match PlayWentworth Club1 hole£100,000
Played as the Suntory World Match Play Championship. Faldo (Eng) beat Ian Woosnam (Wales) by 1 hole in the 36-hole final. [West course, Wentworth Club, Virginia Water, Surrey].
1988Men EuropeFrench OpenChantilly274 (-6)£47,236
Played as the Peugeot Open de France. Second-placed Dennis Durnian (Eng) and Wayne Riley (Aus) finished 2 shots behind Faldo (Eng). This was the second of three French Open wins for Faldo. [Vineuil course, Golf de Chantilly, nr Paris].
1988Men EuropeVolvo MastersValderrama284 (-4)£58,330
The inaugural Volvo Masters. Second-placed Seve Ballesteros (Esp) finished 2 shots behind Faldo (Eng). [Valderrama GC, San Roque, Spain].
1987Men EuropeSpanish OpenLas Brisas286 (-2)£29,160
Played as the Peugeot Spanish Open. Second-placed Hugh Baiocchi (RSA) and Seve Ballesteros (Esp) finished 2 shots behind Faldo (Eng). [Las Brisas GC, Nueva Andalucía, Costa del Sol. Now called Real (Royal) Las Brisas].
1987Men MajorsThe OpenMuirfield279 (-5)£75,000
The Open Championship (116th) (July 16-19). Second-placed Paul Azinger (USA) and Rodger Davis (Aus) finished 1 shot behind Faldo (Eng), who claimed his first major championship win. [Muirfield - The Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers, East Lothian].
1984Men EuropeCar Care Plan Intl.Moortown276 (E)£16,660
Played as the Car Care Plan International (May 10-13). Second-placed Howard Clark (Eng) finished 1 shot behind defending champion Faldo (Eng). [Moortown GC, nr Leeds, W Yorks].
1984Men AmericaHeritage ClassicHarbour Town270 (-14)$72,000
Played as the Sea Pines Heritage Classic (April 19-22). Second-placed Tom Kite (USA) finished 1 shot behind first-time PGA Tour winner Faldo (Eng). [Harbour Town Links, Sea Pines Resort, Hilton Head, SC].
1983Men EuropeCar Care Plan Intl.Sand Moor272 (-8)£10,000
Played as the Car Care Plan International (May 19-22). Second-placed Howard Clark (Eng) and defending champion Brian Waites (Eng) finished 1 shot behind Faldo (Eng). [Sand Moor GC, Leeds, W Yorks].
1983Men EuropeEuropean MastersCrans-sur-Sierre268 (-20)£21,018
Played as the Ebel European Masters Swiss Open. Faldo (Eng) beat Sandy Lyle (Scot) in a sudden-death playoff. [GC Crans-sur-Sierre, Crans-Montana, Switzerland].
1983Men EuropeFrench OpenLa Boulie277 (-11)£8,624
Played as the Paco Rabanne Open de France. Faldo (Eng) beat José Maria Cañizares (Esp) with a par at the third playoff hole. David J. Russell (Eng) was eliminated at the first playoff hole. This was the first of three French Open wins for Faldo. [La Boulie GC (RCF), Versailles, nr Paris].
1983Men EuropeLawrence Batley Intl.Bingley St Ives266 (-18)£16,660
Played as the Lawrence Batley International. Second-placed Warren Humphreys (Eng) finished 4 shots behind Faldo (Eng). [Bingley St Ives GC, Bingley, W Yorks].
1983Men AwardsLow Stroke Ave - Eurpn Tr69.03n/a
Faldo (Eng) recorded the season's lowest stroke average on the European Tour. Seve Ballesteros (Esp) was second with 69.60; Jose-Maria Canizares (Esp) was third with 70.29.
1983Men EuropeMartini Intl.Wilmslow GC268 (-12)£13,330
Played as the (last) Martini International. Faldo (Eng) beat José Maria Cañizares (Esp) with a par at the third playoff hole. [Wilmslow GC, Mobberley, Knutsford, Cheshire].
1983Men AwardsOrder of Merit - Eurpn Tr£119,416see Score
Faldo (Eng) won the Harry Vardon Trophy as the European Tour 1983 Order of Merit winner, with earnings of £119,416 on the Tour. Seve Ballesteros (Esp) was second with £99,502; Bernhard Langer (Ger) was third with £73,734.
1982Men EuropeTPC of EuropeNotts GC, Hollinwell270 (-18)£11,660
Played as the Haig Whisky TPC. Second-placed Manuel Calero (Esp) finished 3 shots behind Faldo (Eng). [Notts GC, Hollinwell, nr Mansfield, England].
1981Men EuropeBMW PGA Ch'shipGanton274 (-10)£11,660
Played as the Sun Alliance PGA Championship. Second-placed Ken Brown (Scot) finished 4 shots behind Faldo (Eng). This was Faldo's third PGA Championship title, and the third time Brown finished second to him in this event. [Ganton GC, nr Scarborough, North Yorkshire].
1980Men EuropeBMW PGA Ch'shipRoyal St George's283 (+3)£11,660
Played as the Sun Alliance PGA Championship. Second-placed Ken Brown (Scot) finished 1 shot behind Faldo (Eng), who claimed his second PGA Campionship title. [Royal St George's GC, Sandwich, Kent].
1978Men EuropeBMW PGA Ch'shipRoyal Birkdale278 (-10)£10,000
Played as the Colgate PGA Championship. Second-placed Ken Brown (Scot) finished 7 shots behind Faldo (Eng). [Royal Birkdale GC, Southport, Merseyside].
1977Men EuropeDouble Diamond Indiv.Gleneagles139 (-1)£4,000
Played as the Skol Lager Individual (36-hole strokeplay event preceding the Double Diamond Intl team event). 20-year-old Faldo (Eng) beat Craig DeFoy (Wales) and Chris Witcher (Aus) at the first playoff hole to claim his first European Tour win. [King's course, Gleneagles Hotel, Auchterarder, Perthshire].
1977Men AwardsRookie of Yr - Eurpn Tr14,751 pts£23,977
Nick Faldo (Eng) won the European Tour 1977 Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year Award as the leading first-season player. Faldo finished eighth on the Tour's (points-based) Order of Merit; he won £23,977 in prize money during the season.

 

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