Nick Faldo 'roots' against record breakers

Sir Nick Faldo jokes he willed Spieth to miss putts during the Masters

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Fri, 24 Apr 2015
Nick Faldo 'roots' against record breakers

Nick Faldo joked that he roots against anyone trying to break his records and was willing Jordan Spieth to miss putts in the Masters.

The six-time major champion, who now commentates on golf, made the tongue-in-cheek comments while sharing the stage with Jack Nicklaus at a fundraiser in Ohio.

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When asked if he hopes players fail in trying to surpass his 18 majors, Nicklaus told the Columbus Dispatch: "I've had Tiger chasing me for a long time. But, you know, I don't ever, I don't actually sit there and root for him. But I don't root against him, either."

At that point, Faldo chimed in with “oh, I do”. He then turned his attention to Spieth, who became the first player to reach 19 under at Augusta.

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"I was sitting up there dodging bullets from this young man," Faldo said.

"Day one, he's in the middle of the 15th fairway at eight under par, and my fellow announcers were all, 'Wouldn't it be nice if he shoots a 62?' And I'm thinking, Jack and I are both in the 63 club; that's the best round in any major.

"So I'm sitting in my (tower) at 18, saying, 'No, it wouldn't be nice.' He takes that 4-wood out, and I know it's the wrong club and I'm going, 'Hit it! Hit it! Hit it!' And he did, and he hits it over the green and three putts (for bogey), so that was that."

Faldo said he let out a “yes” when the 21-year-old missed a six-foot putt on the 18th to break the lowest 36-hole score in major history – a record held by Faldo.

Nicklaus later tweeted that Faldo was “obviously making a joke” and said the 57-year-old had a “tremendous amount of respect for Jordan as a person and a champion”.

Faldo retweeted the comments, and added: "Thanks, Jack. #PlentyofRespect."

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