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Nick Faldo announces retirement from full-time broadcasting

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Nick Faldo has today announced that he will retire from full-time broadcasting duties, having been on CBS’s golf telecasts for the last 16 years.

The 6-time major champion announced the news in a lengthy statement on social media, saying in part:

“After much consideration and discussions late last year with my business manager and more privately with my wife, Lindsay, we together concluded, and I decided that I will step down from Tower 18. It was ‘a great run’ since October 2006, when I was privilged to become the Lead Golf Analyst for CBS and to have the second best and highly coveted seat in golf, sitting next to Jim Nantz.”

Faldo, who turns 65 in July, added that he plans to focus on other opportunities and partnerships now, including his Faldo Design business, the Faldo Series amateur golf tour and his new whisky label.

The Englishman will retire after the Wyndham Championship in August, which was the same tournament where he made his debut in the studio.

Per Sports Business Journal, Faldo was in the final year of his contract with CBS, and he will now be replaced full-time by Trevor Immelman.

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  1. don

    Jun 23, 2022 at 9:14 am

    about time, I’m tired of all these accents. feel like I,m watching the BBC

    • GaGolfer

      Jun 27, 2022 at 8:17 am

      I guess you missed the part about Trevor Immelmann replacing him. I’d take Sir Nick over Trevor (and especially over his brother) anytime.

  2. steve

    Jun 22, 2022 at 1:31 pm

    I wonder how much he got from LIV? 2 weeks should be just in time for Portland.

  3. pat

    Jun 22, 2022 at 10:43 am

    I too will not miss the Sir Nick fawning by the other announcers at least ten times during a typical broadcast. Why do the announcers insist on using this British title in the U.S? For crying out loud, he was just a very good golfer and he was Knighted??? I will however miss his snooze inducing commentaries during a broadcast. Put Dottie P. in the booth!!

  4. Bob

    Jun 21, 2022 at 7:31 pm

    Good. I’m tired of hearing the “sir” garbage. We don’t do sir in America. As a matter of fact some of us remember when a bunch of farmers and blacksmiths messed the sirs up real good.

    Still will if necessary.

    • Ricardo

      Jun 21, 2022 at 7:34 pm

      Who’s the cheap blonde?

    • Spongeworthy Guy

      Jun 22, 2022 at 11:31 am

      we absolutely do do Sirs in America. Hows that grab you, sir?

    • Ronnie Mundt

      Jun 22, 2022 at 5:10 pm

      You aren’t gonna do anything, Yank. You fools “elected” a dementia patient as president over a man in a red hat.

  5. Bladehunter

    Jun 21, 2022 at 2:23 pm

    Time for the Duval hire.

  6. Chamblee and Nantz 2024

    Jun 21, 2022 at 11:18 am

    Replace him with Chamblee so the forums and comment section will erupt.

  7. Chris

    Jun 21, 2022 at 11:02 am

    I agree with the previous comment, really liked Faldo, who was kind of like Johnny Miller and told it like it is. Don’t dislike Immelman but seems to be careful when choosing his words, where is Faldo didn’t care about anyone’s feelings, not so patronizing. Also like Azinger as a lead analyst but willing to give Immelman a chance. P.S. I’m rooting for the Liv golf ?to be successful and hopefully the PGA embraces competition and golf fans will benefit from having both leagues and maybe eventually make it exciting to compete against each other. More golf,Yes please, at new venues with big $ on the line, but more than that is the rivalry it could spark. Good guys against the bad guys with bragging rights to the Victor and big stakes golf, who wouldn’t like that?

  8. Brandon

    Jun 21, 2022 at 10:51 am

    At least now Dottie Pepper won’t have to correct his gaffs all the time.

  9. birdiedancer

    Jun 21, 2022 at 8:24 am

    i’m sure Immelman is a very nice guy, in my opinion he doesn’t have that “it” gravitas needed for the anchor position… but who knows maybe he’ll be unleashed.

    • dixiedoc

      Jun 21, 2022 at 7:15 pm

      Neither does Faldo. Dottie has to correct him constantly.

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‘Stay away in your fantasy land’ – Pro blasts LIV rebels over wanting to play PGA Tour events

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There have been a handful of golfers to speak out harshly against the LIV Golf defectors in recent months including Billy Horschel, Davis Love III, and Robert MacIntyre.

Joel Dahmen added his name to that list yesterday after eleven LIV members filed a lawsuit against the PGA TOUR.

In a tweet, Dahmen claimed to speak for “most tour players”.

In a follow up tweet, Dahmen clarified that his issue isn’t with players joining LIV Golf, it was with them attempting to still play on the PGA TOUR.

Harry Higgs was one tour pro to support Dahmen’s view, responding to his tweets saying: “Yeah take your cake elsewhere gents.”

Dahmen’s harsh words could be in part due to PGA TOUR Commissioner Jay Monahan’s statement, which asked current PGA TOUR members to “speak out publicly on the issue”.

“I also encourage you to speak out publicly on this issue, if you’re so inclined,” Monahan said in the letter where he accused LIV players of “trying to use lawyers to force their way into competition alongside our members.”

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Bryson suspended for ‘talking to other Tour members about positive LIV experience,’ lawsuit alleges

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Yesterday, the Wall Street Journal first reported on a suit that was filed on behalf of eleven players who are currently suspended by the PGA Tour for joining LIV Golf.

There were plenty of interesting bits of information in the 105-page complaint. Foremost among them is the alleged details that were revealed behind Phil Mickelson’s suspension.

According to the document, “Lefty” has been suspended by the PGA Tour since March 22.

“On March 22, 2022, the Commissioner suspended Plaintiff Mickelson (with the opportunity to apply for reinstatement in May of 2022) for, among other alleged reasons, ‘attempting to recruit players to join [LIV Golf]’.”

It was widely speculated during that time that Mickelson may have been suspended, but the information was never shared by the PGA TOUR or reported.

The court documents also reveal that Mickelson applied for reinstatement on June 20th, which was shortly after he teed it up at Centurion Club for the first LIV Golf Series event.

As expected, the documents claim that the TOUR shut that down as well.

“The Tour denied his request, stating that Plaintiff Mickelson violated Tour regulations by participating in the LIV Golf London Invitational.”

The documents also allege that Mickelson wasn’t the only former major champion who was suspended by the PGA Tour.

The suit filed also revealed that Bryson DeChambeau is suspended through March of 2023.

The document states that the 28-year-old is suspended allegedly “for talking to other Tour members about the positive experience he had had with LIV Golf.”

The “LIV 11” lawsuit is just the first shoe to drop in what likely will be a tumultuous fall season to come in golf.

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Greg Norman creates storm by falsely claiming LPGA Tour is sponsored by Saudi Oil Company Aramco

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From the initial Mickelsongate to an interview that hasn’t happened yet, the golf world continues to analyze every press conference, email, and statement released by the LIV organization and the PGA and DP World Tours.

Much of the controversy surrounds the answers given to the question, “Why?”

At the start of the controversial LIV series, much of the furore surrounded players that jumped from the ‘Mother Ship’ (PGA/DP) to a tour run and funded via a company closely related to the Saudi Kingdom, one that has received worldwide condemnation for its human rights records.

Earlier press interviews were awkward, and at least one competitor, Graeme McDowell, has spoken about the way he has been treated by the wider golf public.

Reasons given for the departure to the rebel tour have been as ‘leverage’ against current playing/media conditions issued by the main tours, that there would be ‘more time to be spent with family’, even that the 54-hole shotgun start is a far more attractive proposition than the traditional 72-hole split tee-time.

LIV CEO Greg Norman has also often come to the microphone to say he doesn’t quite understand the mass anger at LIV and its paymasters, given that Saudi Arabia is very much involved with some of the biggest companies in the world and many other sporting competitions.

However, his recent comment in an interview with Fox News reporter Tucker Carlson has set the golf world alight, in particular those involved with the LPGA.

During the report, Norman again says he cannot understand the attitude of many against LIV itself, stating that:

“The @LPGA Tour is sponsored by Aramco.”

Carlson raises his eyebrows and asks, “Literally?” before Norman again confirms his belief saying “the largest sponsor of women’s golf in the world is Aramco.”

As can be seen by the reaction from LPGA player Brittany Lincicome, this has not gone down well.

A host of names have taken to social media to refute Norman’s statement, with Lincicome, Lisa Cornwell, ex-Golf Channel broadcaster, and Beth Ann Nichols, Golfweek senior writer, amongst those that were at pains to point out that Aramco are associated with the Ladies European Tour rather than the US version and only as sponsors.

In a similar way to the feeder link between the PGA and DP World tours, the LPGA has an association with the LET, supporting the tour in both a financial and stabilizing role. However, with the Aramco series a sponsored event, it is a far cry from being a direct employer, as with LIV.

Cornwell, who resigned from the Golf Channel amidst ‘mistreatment’ at the end of 2020, was at pains to ask:

“How can the CEO of  LIV Golf get this wrong? Good Lord…”

Much of Twitter golf were posting their views, with one user asking professional golfer Sarah Kemp, “Does Aramco sponsor the LPGA Tour? Yes or No?” and received the simple answer, “No.”

He then asks, “So your position is No, but how about the LPGA Tour players that play in their sponsored tournaments? It appears that they do sponsor golf and until LIV was involved, those players had no problems taking the money. Please explain.”

In a separate thread but counteracting that stance, golf podcast host John Ziegler pointed out:

“It’s sad that Tucker Carlson, who I really like & once worked for, apparently fell for this BS analogy. Having a sponsor who does business with, or is even part owned by the Saudis, is NOT the same thing as the Saudis themselves creating a fake golf tour as a political PR effort!”

In another tweet, Kemp explains her stance against the comment that any Saudi company is the largest sponsor in the ladies’ game:

“Aramco is also NOT the largest sponsor in women’s golf. The @CMEGroupLPGA, a solo-sponsored event, has a higher purse than all 6 Aramco events combined.”

Hugely respected journalist who covers women’s golf extensively, Beth Ann Nichols then weighed in saying:

“The six Aramco events are on the LET schedule, not the LPGA! And yes, the LPGA and LET united several years ago in a joint venture. They have a partnership. But those are not LPGA events.”

In the week of the Women’s British Open, somehow, the LIV organization has come to the fore of the golfing world again.

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