After rapidly becoming a very accomplished amateur and making a smooth transition to the professional ranks in 1976, Faldo played on the first of 11 European Ryder Cup teams in 1977 as a 20-year-old. Throughout the mid-1980s, Faldo was a force in European golf. In 1987 he achieved his first Major championship victory by winning the British Open at Muirfield. Faldo followed that with back-to-back Masters triumphs in 1989 and 1990, and then another British Open victory in 1990 at St. Andrews. In 1990 he became the first international player to win the PGA TOUR’s coveted “Player of the Year Award.” In 1992, Faldo won his third British Open title setting a 36-hole Major record with opening rounds of 66-64. Between 1993 and 1994, Faldo became the World’s No. 1-ranked player for 94 weeks. And later in 1996, he won his third Masters title and sixth major beating Greg Norman by five strokes after trailing by six going into the final round.
Inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1997, Faldo captained the 2008 European Ryder Cup team. He holds the all-time Ryder Cup record for most appearances (11) and most points scored (25) and led the European Order of Merits on three occasions. He was a member of the first European side to defeat the U.S. in the Ryder Cup in 28 years in 1985. Two years later Faldo played a pivotal role as Europe retained the Cup, winning for the first time on American soil at Muirfield Village. He also was a member of the victorious 1995 and 1997 sides.
He was named the 2015 Jack Nicklaus honoree for The Memorial Tournament for his contributions to the game of golf. Faldo’s 30 European victories include three World Match Play Championships, a European Open, four PGA Championships and three successive Irish Opens. Throughout his career, he was a winner in such diverse locations as Hong Kong, Jamaica and Sun City in South Africa. Faldo competes occasionally on the PGA TOUR and Champions Tour.
In 1996 he instituted the Faldo Series to create opportunity through golf and to develop tomorrow’s champions. Today the Faldo Series hosts more than 7,000 players around the world with 40 events in 32 countries. Rory McIlroy and Yani Tseng, who have both risen to a No. 1 World-ranking, are among those who have come through the Series. He recently opened the Faldo Golf Center at the Greenbrier Resort in W.Va.
Through the creation of Faldo Enterprises, among his burgeoning business successes include Faldo Design, an international golf design business, Faldo Wines, a signature series of wines; and Claret & Green, a licensing division which includes "Claret & Green by Faldo," a clothing line available in national retail outlets.
His acclaimed teaching manual, A Swing for Life, was updated and re-published late in 2012. He also serves as lead analyst for the Golf Channel’s early-round coverage of the PGA TOUR.
Faldo was honored with Knighthood in 2009, becoming only the second professional golfer to receive the honor. He also was awarded the MBE (Member of the British Empire) in 1988. Faldo was born on July 18, 1957 in Welwyn Garden City, England. He has four children and currently resides in Winter Park, Fla.
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