Nick Faldo

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Nick Faldo : biography

18 July 1957 –
Tournament 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
The Masters T28 CUT T14 T33 CUT WD CUT DNP DNP DNP
U.S. Open 7 T72 T5 CUT CUT DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
The Open Championship T41 CUT T59 T8 CUT T11 CUT CUT DNP CUT
PGA Championship T51 T51 T60 DNP T49 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
Tournament 2010
The Masters DNP
U.S. Open DNP
The Open Championship CUT
PGA Championship DNP

DNP = did not play WD = withdrew CUT = missed the half way cut "T" indicates a tie for a place. Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10

Summary

  • Starts – 64
  • Wins – 6
  • 2nd place finishes – 3
  • 3rd place finishes – 3
  • Top 3 finishes – 12
  • Top 5 finishes – 19
  • Top 10 finishes – 26
  • Top 25 finishes – 44
  • Missed cuts – 21
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 27
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 4

Personal life

Faldo met his first wife, Melanie Rockall, when he was 21. They married in 1979, but less than five years later they parted when she discovered he was having an affair with his manager’s secretary, Gill Bennett. Faldo later said of his relationship with Rockall: "We were happily married for eight months. Unfortunately, we were married for four-and-a-half years."

Faldo’s divorce from Rockall came before his major championship successes, and her settlement was relatively small. He married Bennett in 1986, and the couple had three children: Natalie, Matthew, and Georgia. When Faldo moved to America in 1995 to play full-time on the PGA tour, Bennett stayed at home in England and the marriage ended later that year after Faldo began a relationship with 20-year-old American golfing student Brenna Cepelak. Gill Bennett later revealed that the births of their three children had been induced to avoid any clashes with Faldo’s playing schedule. She said of Faldo: "Socially, he was a 24-handicapper."

Faldo’s three-year affair with Cepelak ended when he met Valerie Bercher. The spurned Cepelak famously battered Faldo’s Porsche 959 with a golf club, reportedly causing damage of £10,000. Faldo’s relationship with Bercher, a Swiss PR agent, began in 1998 when they met at the European Masters golf tournament. At the time, Bercher was working for marketing company IMG. She left her fiance Olivier Delaloye and married Faldo in July 2001 in a lavish ceremony at his Windsor home, and they have a daughter Emma Scarlet (born 2003). It was announced in May 2006 that Faldo had filed for divorce.

According to the Sunday Times Rich List, Faldo has a net worth of £34 million as of May 2012. He is a supporter of the Conservative Party.

Professional wins (40)

PGA Tour wins (9)

Legend
Major championships (6)
Other PGA Tour (3)
No. Date Tournament Winning score Marginof victory Runner(s)-up
1 22 Apr 1984 Sea Pines Heritage –18 (66-67-68-69=270) 1 stroke USA}} Tom Kite
2 19 Jul 1987 The Open Championship –5 (69-68-71-71=279) 1 stroke USA}} Paul Azinger, Rodger Davis
3 9 Apr 1989 Masters Tournament –5 (68-73-77-65=283) Playoff USA}} Scott Hoch
4 8 Apr 1990 Masters Tournament –10 (71-72-66-69=278) Playoff USA}} Raymond Floyd
5 22 Jul 1990 The Open Championship –14 (65-67-65-71=270) 5 strokes ZIM}} Mark McNulty, Payne Stewart
6 19 Jul 1992 The Open Championship –8 (66-64-69-73=272) 1 stroke USA}} John Cook
7 5 Mar 1995 Doral-Ryder Open –15 (67-71-66-69=273) 1 stroke USA}} Peter Jacobsen, Greg Norman
8 14 Apr 1996 Masters Tournament –12 (69-67-73-67=276) 5 strokes AUS}} Greg Norman
9 2 Mar 1997 Nissan Open –12 (66-70-68-68=272) 3 strokes USA}} Craig Stadler