It’s the end of an era on the CBS show.
After 16 years donning the headset for the network, Sir Nick Faldo bid farewell to the stand during his final round Wyndham Championship 2022 at Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, North Carolina, on Sunday.
The six-time major champion, who has a deep history at Sedgefield dating back to his PGA Tour debut at the Greater Greensboro Open in 1979, was honored with a plaque behind the ninth green on the club’s Wall of Fame, where he joins the Charlie. Sifford and Arnold Palmer.
“I blew it,” Faldo said as he broke out during its last section on the show before briefly collecting himself. “I was on a boat in Ireland, and they called me up and said, ‘How would you like to sit next to Jim Nants?’ And I literally fell out of the boat, I really did. That was in 2006, and here we are 16 years later.”
“Thanks to the whole crew,” he continued. “As I affectionately and respectfully call you workers, they take the pictures, we do the rattling, we have an easy job. Thank you all.”
“I’m an only child and I’ve found, at 65, three brothers. Thank you,” he said of Nantz, Ian Baker-Finch and Frank Nobilo, who joined him in the booth for the final round. “I’m ready.”
The show also included a handful of messages from Faldo’s former and current colleagues both on and off the golf course, and it was quite emotional at times. So much so that Dottie Pepper once joked, “Can you guys call it or do you want me to take it?”
See how the golfing world paid tribute to Sir Nick Faldo on his retirement from broadcasting.
“I have to give a shout out to my good friend Sir Nick Faldo as he prepares to start his last show for CBS. I was very lucky to meet Sir Nick when I was 15 years old. He took me under his wing, he’s been a mentor to me ever since through my playing career, starting on the European Tour and then the PGA Tour. And when I started broadcasting, it did the same. Well, Nico, thank you so much for everything you’ve done for me. Every time I sit in this chair, as chief analyst, I will think of you. And I can’t wait to come and visit you and Lindsay at Faldo Farm. Thank you my friend.”
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“Nick, not everyone has careers like you, careers, golf and TV. Your record stands on its own. To really get to know Nick Faldo, you have to see it backwards. If you take a look at your broadcasting career, you have been bold enough to show everyone out there, including ourselves, what really lies within your emotions. You weren’t afraid to do that. Just as important when it came to playing golf, you were strong enough not to reveal them. So I just want to say, as a fellow broadcaster, as a golfing friend, but more importantly as a friend, thanks mate.”
Amanda Balioni Renner
“Well Nick, the people, the places, the stories you had the opportunity to document, you did it with humor, humility and humanity. And I think it’s fair to say that you let us see what’s in your heart as a broadcaster, much more than we did in your stoic way as a player. May the sands of time be very kind to you, my friend.’
“You have taught me so much and I am grateful for that. I am honored to have my name placed among yours on the Claret Jug, ’90-’91-’92, I see it all the time with great pleasure. Over the past two decades we have paired up many times on various TV towers around the world, the last 16 years here at CBS. It was a great honor and I’m sorry to see you go, as we are all here. Well, old boy, maybe we’ll get a chance to mate on the Gallatin River in Montana, with a rod instead of a golf club.”