Sir Nick Faldo Selected as 2015 Memorial Tournament Honoree
The Captains Club have announced that six-time major championship winner Sir Nick Faldo has been selected as the Honoree for the 2014 Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance, the 40th playing of the Tournament founded by Jack Nicklaus in 1976. In addition, golfing greats Dorothy Campbell, Jerome Dustan Travers and Walter Travis will be honored posthumously.
Between 1987 and 1995 Faldo won three British Opens and three Masters Tournaments. While winning 39 tournaments around the world, including six events on the PGA TOUR, Faldo’s focus was on the major championships. In one stretch between 1988 and 1993, Faldo was never out of the top 20 in a Grand Slam event.
Faldo relied on dedication, consistency, tempo and one of the strongest competitive minds in the game. Consistency, distance control and course management were his strengths.
Four of his majors were won in intense battles, either by a single stroke or in a playoff. At the 1987 British Open, Faldo methodically made 18 pars in the final round to take home the Claret Jug. At the 1989 Masters, he defeated Scott Hoch on the second hole of a sudden death playoff. The next year, Faldo bested Raymond Floyd, again on the second hole of a playoff, to become just the second player after Nicklaus to capture back-to-back green jackets. In 1992 at Muirfield, Faldo rallied in the final round with late birdies to win his third British Open by a stroke.
At the 1996 Masters, the Englishman started the final day six strokes behind Greg Norman, but put together a flawless 67 to capture his third green jacket. Faldo's most impressive major victory was the 1990 British Open at the Old Course at St. Andrews. Mastering the Old Course with dazzling iron play, Faldo stood astride the field, shooting 18-under-par 270 to win by five.
Faldo participated in 11 consecutive Ryder Cups. He has also earned the most points by an individual in Ryder Cup history.
Born July 18, 1957, in Welwyn Garden City, England, Faldo was a gifted all-around athlete. At 14, Faldo took up golf after watching the 1971 Masters on television and being inspired by the image and performance of Jack Nicklaus. An early teacher, Ian Connelly, told him, "The easier you swing, the better you'll hit it," advice which helped shape Faldo's smooth tempo.
Faldo won 10 titles in 1975 as an amateur and joined the European Tour the following season. Over the next eight years, he displayed a superb short game and putting stroke in winning several tournaments and establishing his career-long brilliance in the Ryder Cup.
In 1998, after six major championship, 39 tournament victories around the world and 11 consecutive Ryder Cups, Faldo was elected into the World Golf Hall of Fame and then in 2009 was knighted by Queen Elizabeth.
Today, Sir Nick is lead analyst for CBS Sports and the Golf Channel and maintains a thriving business including golf course design, wine, apparel, and the Faldo Golf Centers. He is also the founder of the globally honored Faldo Series, which creates opportunity through golf and develops tomorrow's Champions around the world. An international initiative to grow the game, the Faldo Series was founded by the major champion 18 years ago. Today the Series reaches over 7,000 players each year through over 40 events in 32 countries.