One of golf’s superstars of the 1980s and 1990s, Faldo left an indelible impression on the game in a glittering career spanning four decades. In 1977, Faldo became the youngest player to represent Europe in the Ryder Cup and still holds the record number of appearances in the tournament. Having famously rebuilt his swing under the tutelage of David Leadbetter in attempt to get him to a position to win Majors, and after three years with mixed results, Faldo captured his first Major at The Open Championship in Muirfield in 1987. On day three, in horrendous conditions, Faldo produced astoundingly consistent golf to leave himself at level par heading into the final round. With remarkable consistency, Faldo parred every hole on the final day to take his first Major by one stroke.
Five more Major championships followed including the famous final day victory at Augusta over Greg Norman. Faldo shared words of commiseration with his rival after the final round which Norman attributes directly to the start of their now close friendship. Since reducing his participation in competition, Faldo has focused on the Faldo Series which is dedicated to developing young golfers – notable alumni include fellow Pro-Am participants Rory McIlroy and Danny Willett.