Tag Archives: Nick Faldo

Dec
7
2015

tiger woods in the TV booth

Imagine this for a moment — especially after his dig at TV commentators in his recent revolutionary TIME interview — Tiger Woods finally retires from competitive golf and accepts a part-time job as an analyst in the booth with NBC or CBS, where audiences can hear him discuss strategy and shots and just his general thoughts during a tournament around 10 times a year.

OK, I know, I know — the chances of that happening are slim. I tweeted about how much I enjoyed listening to Woods talk shop and commentate on his peers in Golf Channel’s booth alongside Roger Maltbie and Terry Gannon on Sunday at the Hero World Challenge, where he plays host as the event benefits his foundation. Someone quickly replied that he couldn’t see Woods making a job as a TV commentator. That’s fair. Then again, I’m certain many would have said the same about Faldo a decade ago. Remember: Sir Nick was dubbed “Nick the Prick,” among other not-so-kind names during his playing days. 

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Jul
17
2015
By Stephanie Wei under British Open

Torrential downpour delayed the second round of the Open Championship by three hours and 14 minutes. Small ponds formed around the Old Course’s fairways and greens — a weird sight to see at a links course. The grounds crew worked frantically squeegeeing and pumping the standing water to make the course playable. With the rain easing off, the R&A announced that play would resume at 10:00am local time. However, that called for a long day for all, with first-round leader Dustin Johnson not teeing off until 5:48pm, alongside Jordan Spieth, the Masters and U.S. Open champion, and Hideki Matsuyama.

Weather you like it or not, here are winners and losers from Friday at St Andrews. (#sorrynotsorry)
 

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Oct
28
2014
By Stephanie Wei under PGA of America

Ted Bishop joined Golf Channel’s Gary Williams on Morning Drive on Tuesday in his first television interview since making his insensitive gender-based remarks last week on two of his social media outlets, and thus, resulting in his swift removal as president of the PGA of America.

In his Twitter and Facebook posts, Bishop was attempting to defend Ryder Cup captains Tom Watson and Nick Faldo in response to excerpts from Ian Poulter’s new book, “No Limits,” where the outspoken Englishmen (God forbid!) criticized two of the legends in the game. The former PGA president listed Watson and Faldo’s major wins, along with their Ryder Cup records, and then he called Poulter a “Lil Girl” on Twitter and expanded on those thoughts on Facebook, writing, “Sounds like a little girl squealing during recess.”

In the interview with Golf Channel, Bishop explained the background behind his postings and expressed regret over the ensuing consequences. 

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Oct
24
2014
By Stephanie Wei under PGA of America

PGA of America president Ted Bishop isn’t one to mince words, but he took it too far on Thursday when he launched an attack at Ian Poulter via two of his social media channels. Bishop called Poulter a “Lil Girl” in response to his comments on Nick Faldo and Tom Watson as Ryder Cup captains.

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Sep
26
2014
By Stephanie Wei under Ryder Cup
No love lost between Faldo and Garcia at the 2008 Ryder Cup

No love lost between Faldo and Garcia at the 2008 Ryder Cup

Well, it wouldn’t be the Ryder Cup without some drama — although it’s usually with spectacular golf shots on the course. Sir Nick Faldo caused a stir on Friday with his on-air comments about Sergio Garcia at the 2008 Ryder Cup, where Europe received a thrashing from the United States, 16.5-11.5.

Faldo, who was the captain that year (and the only losing one for Europe in this century), made the remarks about Garcia following his and Rory McIlroy’s fourball loss to Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley. While he complimented Garcia’s overall Ryder Cup record, he criticized the Spaniard for his “useless” contribution and “bad attitude” at Valhalla. 

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Jul
15
2013
By Stephanie Wei under The Open Championship
G-Mac and T-Dubs

G-Mac and T-Dubs

Tiger Woods will play with 2010 U.S. Open winner Graeme McDowell, who won the French Open a few weeks ago, and 2010 British Open champ Louis Oosthuizen, who has been recovering from an injury, in the first two rounds of the Open. The threesome won’t hit their opening tee shots at Muirfield until 2:45pm BST (9:45 EST).

Fresh off his thrilling Scottish Open victory, Phil Mickelson is paired with the world no. 2 Rory McIlroy, who has been struggling as of late, and Japanese rising star Hideki Matsuyama. They’re set to start at 9:44am BST (4:44am ET). Better set those alarms! And some of you troopers on the West Coast might still be up or will try to stay awake. 

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Apr
9
2013
By Stephanie Wei under General

Bubba Watson Masters champions dinner menu

2012 Masters champ Bubba Watson tweeted the above picture, unveiling the food he chose to serve at the Masters champions dinner on Tuesday night. Since Bubba kept the menu super top-secret, I was expecting something a little more exciting. I mean, it sounds delicious, but can anyone say, BOR-ING? Snore alert!

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Sep
25
2012

Thinking of you: European team bags bearing an unmistakable silhouette.

In deference to the formidable competitive spirit of his close friend and Ryder Cup comrade, Seve Ballesteros, who passed away in May of last year, European team captain José Maria Olazabal has made space for at least two low-key tributes to the five-time major champion during this week’s festivities.

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May
11
2012

Faldo and Johnny: Probably talking Tiger here

For better or worse, I rarely have the privilege to listen to the telecast because the TVs are always on mute. Well, this week the Tour provides us with a “Personal PA” at each media station, so we can listen to Nick Faldo, Johnny Miller and the rest of the crew.

About an hour ago, Dan Hicks said to Johnny something like, “You’re not a fan of the over-analysis of Tiger, are you?”

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