Faldo will retire as chief CBS analyst, to be replaced by Immelman

Cromwell, Conn. (AP) — Nick Faldo is leaving 16 years as chief golf analyst for CBS Sports. He will be replaced by another former Masters champion.

No, not Phil Mickelson.

CBS announced on Tuesday that South Africa’s Trevor Immelman, who won the 2008 Masters and will captain this year’s international team President’s Cup, will step down for Faldo starting next year.

Faldo, a three-time Masters and British Open champion, moved to CBS in 2007 as the lead announcer after previously working at ABC. Their final broadcast on CBS will be the final round of the Wyndham Championship on August 7.

CBS Sports President Sean McManus said: “Nick brought the same passion and dedication that propelled him to our broadcast as the world’s number one golfer.” “He combined his in-depth knowledge of golf with his wit and charm, enlightening audiences and increasing our coverage.”

Meanwhile, Mickelson made a guest appearance for CBS after the third round of the PGA Championship at Harding Park in 2020 and received rave reviews, prompting speculation that he could make a career out of golf. And then he won the PGA Championship a year later at age 50, only to lose corporate sponsors for his comments and joining the Saudi-backed LIV golf series.

Immelman is only the fourth chief golf analyst for CBS in the past 50 years, after Faldo, Lanny Wadkins and the late Ken Venturi, who spent 35 years with the network.

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NBC Sports states that the US Open final round saw a total viewership of 5.41 million, the most-watched final round for the US Open in the Eastern time zone since Justin Rose went on to win at Merion in 2013. Phil Mickelson was defeated.

This year’s edition also came to a wire between Matt Fitzpatrick, Will Zalatoris and Masters champion Scotty Scheffler, with Fitzpatrick winning by one shot. Viewers reached 9.2 million when the final group was playing the 18th hole.

NBC says 2020 saw viewership 65% more than Winged Foot, which Bryson DeChambeau won in September during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.

money Matters

Few records on the PGA Tour are more vulnerable when they involve money, than a spike in prize money and inflation.

The latest fall was Jordan Spieth’s record from 2015 when he won five times in 25 starts and earned $12,030,465 in official money. This included a sterling mark in the majors with two wins, a runner-up and a tie for fourth.

Scotty Schaffler broke that record on Sunday when he finished second at the US Open and earned $1,557,687. It was his second runner-up in his last three tournaments, this was after four victories which included the Masters and one World Golf Championship. He now has $12,896,849 in 18 starts. And he still has two months left in the season, which includes one major and two lucrative FedEx Cup playoff events.

Will Zalatoris also set a penny record when he finished second at Brookline. He now has $6,441,437, the most of any player for a season without any wins. It breaks the mark set last year by Louis Osthuizen ($6,306,679) who, like Zalatoris, was consistently runner-up in the majors.

Zalatoris will definitely get more chances in the next two months.

short material

For the final round at USGA The Country Club, the par-3 moved to the forward tee and front pin on the 11th, making it a play of 108 yards. This is the official number, but adjusted for height, USGA officials said it played for 98 yards.

It appears to be in line with a short-term trend with no pun intended.

The next year it would be three times at the Los Angeles Country Club, the previous four years at the US Open had a hole played under 100 yards. The famous seventh one at Pebble Beach is 100 yards from the front pin (and terrifying from the Pacific wind). The 15th hole on the South Course at LACC was played for just 78 yards in a Walker Cup match in 2017 and is expected to play around 90 yards for the US Open.

english streak

Harris English is still trying to rebuild strength and form, having recently returned from hip surgery that kept him out for nearly five months. So making the cut from the score of 69 on Friday at the US Open was a big deal.

English had heard that he had the longest active streak of cuts in the majors (now at 15), but that was not his source of inspiration.

“I’ve never missed a cut in a USGA event and I was thinking about it,” he said.

English is now 7 for 7 in terms of playing the weekend at the US Open, dating back to his first one at Pinehurst No. 2 in 2014. But it goes much deeper than that. He says he has made it to match play at his other USGA events – once at the US Junior (2006), twice at the US Amateur Public Lynx (2010 and 2011) and three times at the US Amateur (2007, 2010 and 2011). ) In. ,

His best result was reaching the semi-finals at the 2011 US Public Lynx, and his best performance as a pro was his third place at the US Open at Torrey Pines. His weekend at Brookline didn’t go so well. The English closed with 78-77. But at least he was still playing.

olympic message

Will Besseling of the Netherlands thinks the Dutch Olympic Committee may reconsider its unusual standard of sending golfers to the Olympics.

Basling and Jost Luiten qualified for a 60-man field for Tokyo, only to be placed at home as Dutch officials added criteria that qualified golfers be placed in the top 36 in the Olympic rankings and the top 100 in the world rankings to play in the Olympics. had to happen. , The rationale was that it only wanted athletes with a chance to win.

Luyten, a six-time winner on the European Tour, was world No. 177 and Baseling was No. 221 when qualifying ended.

Slovakia’s own Rory Sabbatini was number 204 and won silver. Taiwan’s CT Pan won the bronze medal at world number 208.

“Olympics, especially now that golf is at the Olympics, is what you want to play,” Besseling said at the US Open. “Holland has different rules for any other country. It was a shame. I would have been playing and it didn’t happen.”

Maybe he looked at Brookline, where Baseling (number 255 in the world) qualified for his first Major and started with a round of 71–71. He played alongside Jordan Spieth on Saturday, and was ranked 56th over the 77–74 weekend.

“It’s just a stupid rule to make,” Besseling said. “I hear they’ll change the rules for the next one, and hopefully next time we’ll be there.”


Scotty Scheffler became the fourth player in the last 20 years to have at least four wins in a season and at least three runners-up. The others were Tiger Woods (three times), Phil Mickelson and Jordan Spieth. … Jennifer Kupcho and Minjie Lee are the only LPGA Tour players to have multiple wins this year. This includes a major title for both. … Kupcho jumped to number 9 in the women’s world rankings with her win last week. She is the 15th American woman to reach the top 10 since rankings began in 2006. … Three players in the Travelers Championship celebrate birthdays on Tuesdays – Schaeffler (21), Aaron Wise (26) and Russell Knox (37). … Ben Griffin, Brandon Matthews and Trevor Verbilo bring the total to eight players who have scored enough points on the Korn Ferry Tour to secure a PGA Tour card next year.

week status

The last three US Opens have been won at 6-unders.

last word

“Winning a Major is just a whole different level and it really gives me a hell of a confidence boost from going into the event any longer.” – US Open Champion Matt Fitzpatrick.


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