St George’s Day: Our favourite English golfers

Celebrate by telling us your favourite Englishman to prowl the fairways and slay the greens

Posted: 23 April 2013
by the Golfmagic team
Faldo and Westwood
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To celebrate St George’s Day, Golfmagic’s editorial staff Alex Perry, Bob Warters, Andy Roberts and Charlie Lemay have scribbled a few words about their favourite English golfers. Does yours feature?

Nick Faldo

Born: July 18, 1957 in Welwyn Garden City
Professional wins: 40
Major championships: Open Championship (1987, 1990, 1992); Masters (1989, 1990, 1996)
Ryder Cup record: 1977, 1979, 1981, 1983, 1985 (winners), 1987 (winners), 1989 (tied match and retained trophy), 1991, 1993, 1995 (winners), 1997 (winners), 2008 (non-playing captain)
Did you know? Faldo was awarded the MBE in 1998, then knighted in 2009 for his services to golf.

Where else could we possibly start, writes Alex Perry, than the most successful English golfer of all time?

Barely into double figures and beginning to take an interest in this wonderful game, my grandfather would talk for hours on end about Nick Faldo.

“If you want to be a good golfer,” he would tell me, “you need to watch Faldo.”

I became fascinated by the man. I admired the way he composed himself under the most intense pressure, intimidating opponents in a Tiger-like way – long before Woods was on the scene.

By the time I was glued to the box waving my little England flag, Faldo already had two Open Championships in his trophy cabinet and matching Green Jackets in his wardrobe.

The 1992 Open at Muirfield is about as far back as my memory banks go as the Perry family gathered round the tube to cheer Faldo to victory.

I had to wait four years for my man to win another major. Did I feel for Greg Norman at Augusta that year? Of course I did, I am human. But it didn’t last long as I sat there wide-eyed watching Faldo pull on his third Jacket.

Nick Faldo: The reason I love golf.

Lee Westwood

Born: April 24, 1973 in Worksop
Professional wins: 39
Major championship bests: Open Championship (2nd 2010); Masters (2nd 2010)
Ryder Cup record: 1997 (winners), 1999, 2002 (winners), 2004 (winners), 2006 (winners), 2008, 2010 (winners), 2012 (winners)
Did you know?
In February 2009, Westwood launched the Lee Westwood Academy, a set of three day academies across nine venues in England. He was awarded an OBE in 2011.

The first Ryder Cup I remember watching was Europe’s 1997 triumph at Valderrama. And who was partnering Mr Faldo? A young buck by the name of Lee Westwood.

The English pair earned two points from a possible four to help their side to a 14½ - 13½ win.

It wasn’t long before Westwood was into the top ten in the world and spent many years there. After the turn of the millennium, poor form saw Westwood fall to World No.266. But he pulled himself together to claw his way back into the world’s elite and, eventually, World No.1.

How can you not admire the man who does that?

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I can't argue with any of these choices. For me of those it would be Faldo for his sheer killer instinct and ability, Westwood for being a great player and nice guy, Poulter as I do love Marmite and Jacklin for, well, being Jacklin.

Posted: 23/04/2013 at 21:19

Jacklin. Spend almost a week with him at Gleneagles and learned a lot during the clinics he gave. He's a really delightful person.

Posted: 24/04/2013 at 21:27

If Jersey counts, surely Harry Vardon.

Anyone else have a grip named after them or a prestigious trophy on the PGA tour? Or a member of the great Triumvirate? Or have 7, yes count them 7, majors to their name, including a record 6 Opens?

Surely our greatest ever.

Posted: 24/04/2013 at 22:02

AP

Appreciate where you're coming from, DS, but we wanted to keep the piece personal and hard to write about a golfer in that respect when he passed away almost half a century before I was born.

Posted: 25/04/2013 at 12:03

Sorry, but Luke Donald is Scottish ;-)

Posted: 25/04/2013 at 12:18

To take the flip side of that... my favourite English golfer is Sandy Lyle.

Posted: 25/04/2013 at 12:18

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