When Nick Faldo was 14 years old he saw Jack Nicklaus playing at the 1971 Masters on his parents’ color tv he was inspired to pick up a golf club himself. Fast forward a couple of years he was a successful British amateur golfer. Only 20 years old he became the youngest player ever to qualify for the Ryder Cup.
With all he has achieved in his career, even including a knighthood in 2009, I think the most incredible thing about Faldo is how fast he reached a competitive, professional level. Especially when you consider how late he started when compared to other players of his time.
With 41 professional wins, including 6 major championships, he will return one last time to the British Open at St. Andrews this year in July.
The 57-year-old plans to pay his respect to golf and his own career at the home of golf. Celebrating his 58th birthday during the third round of the tournament my guess is that he will be extra motivated to make the cut.
As it’s the British Open at St Andrews – you never know what’ll happen. I’ll definitely make a smiling face while I keep an eye on Faldo during the tournament.
There Is Always Better – But It Usually Gets Worse Before It Gets Better
In 1983 Faldo had already five victories on the European Tour under his belt. Nevertheless he had the feeling that he needed to refine his swing. He worked together with David Leadbetter who warned him that it would take some time for the swing changes to settle in and that his performance would probably dip before he could reap the rewards.