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After announcing that this year will be his last as a broadcaster for CBS and the Golf Channel, Sir Nick Faldo couldn't help but get emotional as he gave his final on-screen appearance after 16 years with the broadcasting company.
It's been a great honor.A very emotional farewell to @NickFaldo006 from long-time playing partner and friend Ian Baker-Finch. pic.twitter.com/MNorK9qCVBAugust 7, 2022
"You taught me so much, for that I'm grateful" stated Baker-Finch, who himself was holding back the tears as he spoke to Faldo. "I'm honoured to have my name sandwiched between yours on the Claret Jug in 90, 91 and 92, I look at that with great pleasure.
"The last two decades we have been paired together many times, on various TV towers around the world and in fact the last 16 years here at CBS. It's been a great honour and I'm sad to see you go. It's so sad, perhaps we will have the chance to be paired together at the Gallatin River, Montana with a fly rod instead of a golf club".
Following the emotional moment, Faldo joked about "asking for tissues", with the six-time Major winner pulling out a few before stating "that's all CBS could afford."
"I'm a single child and I've found, at 65, three brothers." ❤️The end of an era.@NickFaldo006 signs off for the final time. pic.twitter.com/nXm8mRMPnzAugust 7, 2022
Faldo has been a prominent voice on golf telecasts since 2006, with the 65-year-old stepping away at the same tournament where he made his debut in the studio. He has spent 18 years as a golf broadcaster and 16 years with CBS and the Golf Channel.
Earlier in the week, Faldo was presented with a special plaque as a tribute to him at the Wyndham Championship. After stepping away from the booth, Faldo is set to be replaced by 2008 Masters champion Trevor Immelman.
Nick Faldo made his PGA TOUR debut and competed in the Greater Greensboro Open, now known as the #WyndhamChamp, in 1979. As of this weekend, he will be retiring from the broadcast booth. Today, John McConnell presented Faldo with a special plaque as a tribute to him. pic.twitter.com/yOVcakUyPXAugust 6, 2022
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Taking up the game when he was just seven years of age, Matt made it into his county squad just a year later and continues to play the game at a high standard, with a handicap of around 2-4. To date, his best round came in 2016, where he shot a six-under-par 66 having been seven-under through nine holes. He currently plays at Witney Lakes in Oxfordshire and his favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.
Matt’s current What’s In The Bag?
Driver: Honma TW747, 8.75°
Fairway Wood: TaylorMade Rocketballz Stage 2, 15°, 19°
Hybrid: Adams Super Hybrid, 22°
Irons: Mizuno MP54, 5-PW
Wedges: Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 Tour Satin, 50°, 56°, 60°
Putter: Cleveland TFI 2135 Satin Cero
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
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