Nick Faldo's Masters playing days likely over
It's certainly not earth-shattering news seeing as Sir Nick Faldo hasn't played in a Masters since 2006, but the three-time Masters champion has gone on the record saying that his Masters playing days are likely over.
Faldo, winner of six major championships overall, revealed to Augusta Chronicle writer David Westin that despite his lifetime exemption at Augusta National, he probably won't tee it up in the tournament again.
Nick Faldo doubts he’ll ever play in the Masters Tournament again.
“Probably not,” the three-time winner at Augusta National Golf Club (1989, 1990 and 1996) said this week.
The former No. 1-ranked player, now 55, stopped playing in the Masters after the 2006 tournament, turning his full attention to his budding golf broadcasting career. He shot 79-74 and missed the cut on the 10th anniversary of his third Masters title.
Six months later, Faldo signed a multiyear deal to be the golf analyst for CBS, which broadcasts the Masters and other PGA Tour events.
It was unprecedented for a former Masters champion at that age – Faldo was 49 at the time – to stop competing at Augusta National. He had played in the Masters 23 times and ended with a streak of 19 in a row.
Faldo doesn’t plan to play in the next few years, and he won’t be one of those former champions who plays a “farewell” Masters in his golden years. Predictably, they shoot high scores in the first two rounds and miss the cut by a mile.
“I can’t see that,” Faldo said. “I couldn’t let myself go and shoot any number. It’s just not me. … If I keep my nose clean and keep my job at CBS, I’m quite happy to be here and doing that.”
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