Faldo Starts New Career With Golf Channel


Nick Faldo has won the British Open three times, captured The Masters three times. Included in his crowns are six PGA Tour victories, the last of which was the 1997 Nissan Open. The Englishman has won 30 times in Europe and been the Order of Merit money title champion in 1992.
But hes about to embark on a career in television, and The Golf Channel is his new employer.
I admire the Golf Channel because it's a young company, said Faldo. You're seven years old, and when you started, everybody was saying, Who is going to watch golf 24 hours a day? I think the coverage now is fantastic.
It's going to be in close to 50 million homes very soon, and obviously, I feel it's good for me, and I feel that I have genuinely something different to bring than the average golfer. You cover a lot of golf, but it's the fact that I'm able to do a couple of things off the golf course.
Faldo is currently in the process of expanding his horizons, opening a restaurant chain, introducing a wine label, embarking on a golf course design business, and still devoting much to junior golf. And, of course, he still is a golfer with global recognition.
The Golf Channel will be involved in my conception of the birth of the Jug and Jacket Restaurant, the Junior series you are already involved in, helping me promote that, he said.
And another fine idea we had is, I call it my Mad Dash, when I'm doing my business world tour and when I go around the world in a week and do, whatever - 10 different countries in 11 days or something like that.
I thought it would add something very different to people just sitting there watching golf tournaments day in, day out. But it's a nice little bit of insight. Obviously, good for both of us.
Faldo will be entering the world of television for the first time after a career of birdies and bogeys. While he wont be doing actual tournament coverage, he will try to give viewers some insight into what the players are thinking, what their mental processes are as they play their round.
One of the things I want to try to do is get between the ropes, just outside for the players and just inside for the public, and try to give a different view of being there and seeing what's going on in the player's eyes - and whether he likes the situation or doesn't like the situation, then you comment on it, said Nick.
The fact that hes not going to be involved in tournament coverage enables him to do a bit more on the actual playing of the game, without the time constraints of being able to talk only between shots.

I wanted to be a little more free to have my own views and have my own sort of thoughts and feelings on what's going on, he said. I've got a couple of things I'm going to do, Viewers Forum for example, so once a month, I'll just pick my own topics and discuss those.
In two weeks [after that], there will be a website column, and again it will be my comments. The majors will obviously be much more on who is playing well and who is not and who this course is good for, who it isn't, and that sort of thing.
And then the British Open's fun. I'm going to be doing the Playing Lesson Show. We obviously are going to play some key holes at Muirfield. Hopefully the wind is blowing and we'll have to play a variety of shots. That's going to keep me busy.
Faldo is going to approach television exactly as he did his golf game when he was winning his six majors ' with as much focus as he can muster. Its a new career, but its the old Nick whos going to come to the plate.
I'm going to take it seriously, he said. There are quite a few guys out there I admire, and I think they do a great job, and the best way to learn is to spend some time with them. I think that's what I'm going to try and do, and then build on this.
You know, I'm not going to be an expert overnight. I think I will be a little rough over the edges for a while, but I think that might be kind of fun. I'll see if I can learn the trade, see if I like it. See if I enjoy doing this sort of thing.
Is there anything he wants to avoid while on the air?
I think the most obvious is forgetting that you were a player, and then become a TV booth analyst - as if every shot you had, you never mis-hit a shot in your life, Nick said. I'm sure we've all missed greens with a wedge and done all sorts of stupid things, and to sit in commentary tower and comment on the obvious is wrong.
Faldo has played to such a degree of excellence that he has miss-hit very few wedges to greens. But hes about to venture into new territory, uncharted territory for him. He should do just fine.