A six-time major championhip winner, Nick Faldo is one of the greats of English golf and one of the top handful of golfers from his competitive era, roughly the late 1970s through the mid-1990s.
Faldo was born July 18, 1957, in Welwyn Garden City, England, the only child of George Arthur and Joyce Faldo. His father worked as an accountant at a chemical company. Faldo’s mother encouraged her son’s interests in all sports. As a young child, he was an enthusiastic swimmer and cyclist. When Faldo was 10 years old, he won the Hertfordshire county medal in the 100-meter breaststroke. He also played soccer, rugby, basketball, cricket, and tennis, and ran track and threw the discus, while receiving his education at Sir Frederic Osborne School.
He turned professional in 1976 and by the end of the 1977 season he had been named rookie of the year after finishing in a highly creditable 8th place in the order of merit. Faldo became the youngest ever Ryder Cup competitor when making his debut in the 1977 match at just 20 years and 59 days until Spanish sensation Sergio Garcia took that honour in the 1999 meeting.
Faldo won a number of tournaments in the early 1980s, including the British PGA Championships in 1978, 1980, and 1981, the Haig Tournament Players Championship in 1982, and the French Open and the Martini Invitational in 1983. In 1983 and 1984, he won the Car Care Plan Invitational. While Faldo did well at these tournaments, he failed to win any of the majors (the U.S. Open, the British Open, PGA Championship, and Masters . In 1984, Faldo was leading in the final round of the Masters, but lost on the front nine in the final round.