Nick Faldo retires as CBS golf analyst with tearful on-air farewell
Nick Faldo, a mainstay of golf broadcasting for the last 16 years, signed off from his final broadcast on Sunday at the Sedgefield Country Club, the site of his PGA Tour debut back in 1979.
Faldo's longtime CBS broadcast partner Jim Nantz and colleagues Ian Baker-Finch and Frank Nobilo celebrated his retirement (and his long career in the booth) with a standing ovation.
When it came time for Faldo to speak, he was too choked up at first, bursting into tears before saying his goodbyes and thank yous.
After he collected himself, Faldo began by recounting the moment CBS asked him to join the golf broadcast, something he remembers to this day.
“I was in a boat in Ireland, and they gave me a call and said, ‘How would you like to sit next to Jim Nantz?’ and I literally fell out the boat, I really did. That was 2006, and here we are 16 years later,” Faldo said.
He mentioned what Nantz, Baker-Finch, and Nobilo mean to him, not just as coworkers and friends, but as family.
“I’m a single child,” Faldo said. “And I’ve found, at 65, three brothers. Thank you.”
Faldo also gave credit to the many hardworking crews he's worked with over the years.