Six-time major champion will end CBS Sports lead golf analyst role in August; Trevor Immelman elevated as successor in 2023
Nick Faldo, a six-time major champion, took to social media on Tuesday morning to announce that his 16-year career as a CBS Sports golf analyst would come to an end in August.
In a statement posted on Twitter early Tuesday morning, Faldo said he and his wife Lindsay informed CBS Sports chairman Sean McManus in January that 2022 would mark the end of his 18-year broadcasting career, the last 16 having been as lead analyst next to Jim Nantz.
"It was 'a great run' since October 2006, when I was privileged to become the Lead Golf Analyst for CBS and to have the second best and highly coveted seat in golf, sitting next to Jim Nantz," Faldo wrote.
Later Tuesday morning, CBS Sports announced that Trevor Immelman, who joined the CBS Sports golf broadcast team in 2019, will succeed Faldo in the lead analyst seat beginning in 2023.
Faldo, 64, who won three Masters and three British Opens, wrote that he and his wife had relocated to Montana and are building the Faldo Farm. "I hope to often be found out back on the Fast Gallatin River, with a rod. waiters, and the local trout." he wrote.
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— Sir Nick Faldo (@NickFaldo006) June 21, 2022
After a distinguished playing career that included being ranked world No. 1 for 97 weeks, 30 European and nine PGA tour wins, and 12 Ryder Cup appearances — his last being as European Captain in 2008, Faldo transitioned into broadcasting. He began at Golf Channel and then moved into the CBS booth.
“Sir Nick has had a remarkable career on Network television for nearly 20 years and is one of the most accomplished commentators to ever sit in the 18th tower,” said McManus in a statement released on Tuesday. “Nick brought the same passion and dedication that propelled him to the world’s number one golfer to our broadcasts. He combined his profound knowledge of golf with his wit and charm, enlightening viewers and elevating our coverage. We thank him for his outstanding contributions and dedication to CBS Sports. While his voice will be missed on-air, we wish him the best as he continues to positively impact the game of golf around the world.”
Immelman was the PGA Tour Rookie of the Year in 2006 and Masters champion in 2008. Later this year, he will serve as Captain for the International Team in the Presidents Cup at Quail Hollow Country Club in Charlotte, N.C.
“I am truly honored to be added to the distinguished list of lead analysts who have come before me as part of CBS Sports’ storied golf history,” Immelman said. “I have had the tremendous fortune of being mentored twice in my career by Sir Nick, first as a player and now as a broadcaster. I am forever grateful. Sitting in the 18th tower next to Jim Nantz, surrounded by the best broadcast team in golf, is a dream job. I can’t wait for next season when my dream becomes a reality.”