Europe Captain Nick Faldo

Europe Captain - Nick Faldo

Nick FaldoSix times major winner Nick Faldo finally gets the opportunity to lead the European Challenge for the Ryder Cup.

His vice Captain will be Spaniard, Jose Maria Olazabal.

Nick has been involved with the Ryder Cup since 1977, when he made his Team debut at the age of 20, he was the youngest ever player to appear in either team. His debut was sensational, he won all his matches that year and the World knew that a potential golfing great had been discovered. Since then Nick has gone on to represent the European Ryder Cup team a record 11 times and to this day he holds the record for the number of points and matches won in the competition. He is the natural Captain of the European Ryder Cup Team and he is sure to command the respect of all his players.

Nick has won the British Open three times and has won three US Master's green jackets. Who can forget his titanic final round in 1996 at Augusta, when overcoming third round leader Greg Norman to win for the third time. Nick also tied first for the US Open but lost an 18 hole play off to Curtis Strange in 1988.

Colin MontgomerieAlthough the majority of the Team will select themselves by points earned in Tournament Golf, Nick will have the choice of two 'wildcard' picks. It will be his choice and only influenced by his thinking. Currently there are a number of players who clearly will not qualify for the team via the points tables but who are players who are proven in matchplay. The first player who comes to mind is Colin Montgomerie and another, possibly, is Darren Clarke. These two would be natural choices for Nick, but there are others of course to consider too, but whoever are the final wildcard selections,they will have to justify their selection by having great perfomances in what is always a tough Ryder Cup Schedule..

Nick Faldo is without doubt Britain and Europe's greatest ever golfer, the only surprise is that he has never won anything higher than the MBE in the honours stakes. In any other sport he would have been knighted for sure.

If he can emulate the Ryder Cup Results of both 2004 and 2006, then you never know, he might be.