Seve Trophy champions successfully defend

KILLENARD, Ireland, Sept. 30 (UPI) -- The Great Britain and Ireland team Sunday fashioned an 8-2 singles victory over Continental Europe to retain the Seve Trophy at Killenard, Ireland, 16 1/2 - 11 1/2.

McGinley resigns Ryder Cup post

KILLENARD, Ireland, Sept. 27 (UPI) -- Paul McGinley Thursday resigned as a vice-captain of the 2008 European Ryder Cup team because he wants to make it as a playing member for the fourth time.

Nick Faldo excels in Senior debut

GULLANE, Scotland, July 26 (UPI) -- Nick Faldo, in his debut on the Champions Tour, grabbed a share of the lead Thursday in the opening round of the Senior British Open at Gullane, Scotland.

Player rankles feathers in pro golf

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland, July 19 (UPI) -- Former pro golfer Gary Player has angered people by saying he knows some of today's players who have used performance-enhancing drugs.

Chris Tucker buys third home

ORLANDO, Fla., July 10 (UPI) -- Actor-comedian Chris Tucker has been spending time between "Rush Hour" movies spending money on a 14,000-square-foot waterfront mansion near Orlando, Fla.

Westwood wins the Romano Open

MARBELLA, Spain, May 13 (UPI) -- England's Lee Westwood Sunday won the European Tour's Romano Open de Andalucia by two shots over fellow Englishman Phillip Archer and Swede Fredrik Andersson.

Azinger to lead U.S. Ryder Cup team

LOUISVILLE, Ky., Nov. 6 (UPI) -- Paul Azinger has been selected to captain the 2008 U.S. Ryder Cup team, the PGA of America announced Monday. Azinger will be paired against his former TV broadcast partner Nick Faldo, who was picked to lead the European team when the 37th Ryder Cup is con

Azinger to be next U.S. Ryder captain

ATLANTA, Nov. 2 (UPI) -- PGA veteran Paul Azinger will be named captain of the 2008 United States Ryder Cup team.

David Howell in command in Munich

MUNICH, Germany, Sept. 2 (UPI) -- Defending champion David Howell of England has a two-shot lead after three rounds of the European Tour's BMW International Golf Tournament at Munich, Germany.

Golf stars succumb to 'Shanghai sickness'

SHANGHAI, April 19 (UPI) -- The Asian Open has suffered a triple blow as Ernie Els, Luke Donald and David Howell pulled out, leaving No. 15 Henrik Stenson as the highest-ranked player.

Masters filled with oddities

AUGUSTA, Ga., April 7 (UPI) -- Less than one full round into the Masters, the tournament had already produced its share of oddities.

Woosnam, Faldo named Ryder Cup captains

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, March 2 (UPI) -- Ian Woosnam, who has played in the Ryder Cup eight times, will be the European team's captain in 2006.

Lonard, Montgomerie share halfway lead

VICTORIA, Australia, Feb. 4 (UPI) -- Peter Lonard and Colin Montgomerie held a one-shot lead in Australia's Heineken Classic Friday at 9-under-par 133.

Three share lead in Hong Kong Open

HONG KONG, Dec. 4 (UPI) -- Defending champion Padraig Harrington, Miguel Angel Jimenez and James Kingston shared the lead Saturday after three rounds of the Hong Kong Open.

Singh officially becomes world's No. 1

PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 7 (UPI) -- Vijay Singh officially became the world's top-ranked golfer Tuesday, replacing Tiger Woods, who had held the honor for more than five years.
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Nick Faldo
British golfer Nick Faldo drives the ball on the final practice day at the 2005 British Open golf championship on the old course of St.Andrews on Wednesday 13 July 2005. (UPI Photo/Hugo Philpott)

Sir Nicholas Alexander "Nick" Faldo, MBE (born 18 July 1957) is an English professional golfer on the European Tour who now mainly works as an on air golf analyst. Over his career, he has won six majors: three Open Championships and three Masters. He was ranked the World No. 1 on the Official World Golf Rankings for a total of 98 weeks. In 2006, Faldo became the lead golf analyst for CBS Sports.

Faldo was born in Welwyn Garden City, England. He borrowed some clubs from his neighbours after watching Jack Nicklaus play the 1971 Masters on television. While working as a carpet fitter, Faldo won the English Amateur and the British Youths Championship in 1975. He turned professional in 1976 and quickly achieved success, finishing 8th on the European Tour Order of Merit in 1977 and 3rd in 1978 and winning a European Tour event in each of those seasons. In the former year he became the youngest player to appear in the Ryder Cup at the age of 21. Faldo was one of the leading players on the European Tour in the early 1980s, and he topped the Order of Merit in 1983.

However, feeling that he needed to refine his game in order to become a regular contender in major championships (British tabloids even dubbed him "Nick Foldo" after collapses at the 1983 Open Championship and the 1984 Masters), he spent the mid-1980s remodelling his swing under the tutelage of David Leadbetter. His performances dropped off for a couple of years as the changes occurred, but by 1987 he was playing at an even higher level, and he claimed his first major title at that year's Open Championship. He beat American Paul Azinger by one stroke, having parred every hole in his final round. Azinger held the lead for a time, but bogeyed both seventeen and eighteen.

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