Sir Nicholas Faldo is a former English professional golfer. At the age of 14 Faldo had yet to pick up a golf club, but he did watch Jack Nicklaus play the 1971 Masters on his parents' new colour television. Just three years later, Faldo qualified to play in the 1974 English Amateur at Woodhall Spa.
A top player of his era, renowned for his dedication to the game, he was ranked No. 1 on the Official World Golf Ranking for a total of 97 weeks. His 41 professional wins include 30 victories on the European Tour and six major championships: three Open Championships in 1987, 1990, 1992. Faldo also won three Masters, back to back in 1989-1990 and in 1996. In the 1990 Masters, Faldo defended his title on a historic, late comeback run. As of January 2015, Faldo's career European Tour earnings are just over €8 million, and his U.S. PGA Tour earnings are over $5 million.
Faldo has since become a television commentator for major golf championships. In 2006, he became the lead golf analyst for CBS Sports. In 2012, Faldo joined the BBC Sport on-air team for coverage of the Open Championship.