‘I’m a single child and I’ve found, at 65, three brothers. Thank you’: Emotional six-time major champion Sir Nick Faldo bursts into tears live on air as he retires from CBS punditry team after 16 years
- Sir Nick Faldo has called time on his career in broadcast, retiring from CBS’ team
- The 65-year-old won six major championships during his 22-year pro golf career
- Jim Nantz, Frank Nobilo and Ian Baker-Finch held back tears during the send-off
- Sir Nick will reportedly be replaced by Masters winner Trevor Immelman
Golfing and broadcast legend Sir Nick Faldo broke down in tears Sunday as the CBS punditry team bid adieu to one of its favorites.
Faldo, who won six major championships, joined CBS’ golf broadcast team back in 2006, going on to delight viewers with his humor, relatability and personality.
Commentator Jim Nantz led off the tribute, lavishing the Englishman in praise for his standing on and off the fairways.
‘You’ve been the best in the world twice, and that my friend is extraordinary,’ Nantz told Faldo during CBS’ broadcast of the Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, NC.
Nick Faldo struggled to contain his emotion as he said goodbye to CBS Sports on Sunday
The presenting quartet were all emotional as Faldo cried in his final appearance on the team
‘You did it with humor, humility and humanity,’ Nantz continued. ‘It’s fair to say you led a sea as a broadcaster. May the sands of time be very kind to you, my friend.’
Struggling to hold in his emotions, Faldo burst into tears before composing himself with the support of his ‘brothers’ Nantz, Frank Nobilo and Ian Baker-Finch.
‘Thanks to all the crew. As I affectionately and respectfully call you the workers, they put the pictures out, we do the rattling, we have an easy job. Thank you all.’
Faldo explained just how he came to be a lead analyst for the network after 22 years as a pro.
The 65-year-old said he had ‘found three brothers’ on the channel despite being an only child
Brit Faldo has become a fan favorite on CBS’ golf coverage over the last 16 years
‘I was in a boat in Ireland, and they gave me a call and said, “How would you like to sit next to Jim Nantz?” and I literally fell out the boat, I really did. That was 2006, and here we are 16 years later.’
The Windsor native made the surprise decision to call it quits at CBS so as to pursue ‘other opportunities and partnerships’, alongside his golf course design business, Faldo Design.
Faldo, who was knighted in his native England for his services to golf, won The Open and Masters three times each.
He was also the No. 1 ranked golfer in the world for 97 weeks. Faldo’s band of brothers later arose to applaud the 65-year-old during his final sign-out.
Faldo also received a plaque at Ross Course — the home of the Wyndham Championship — for his services to golf and the broadcast booth, earlier in the day.
Faldo presented Tiger Woods with his Masters jacket after winning the ’97 iteration at Augusta