Nick Faldo wanted to introduce you to his dog.
“This is London, I thought I’d introduce you to London, she’s our sweetie,” he said, hugging his dog in a video posted Monday morning on social media. “I wanted you to see her face right now because when you get to Montana you’re going to see a big smile on her face, because she loves being up there.”
But that’s not really what Faldo wanted to share. The 64-year-old six-time Grand Slam champion and chief analyst for CBS golf coverage announced last week that he will retire at the end of the season. That announcement inspired a flurry of speculation that Faldo was actually about to announce his streaming commitment for LIV. But on Monday, with his dog London as a witness, Faldo made it clear that this is not the case.
“One little thing that has been talked about a lot is, of course, the 54 tour,” Faldo said, referring to LIV. “And I thought I’d just say, No. 1, I’m retiring due to travel, I don’t want to travel. No. 2, if I call something, I’d like to call it championship golf. And number 3, do you think Greg [Norman] want to see my boat race, my face, for about 10 weeks a year or more? I don’t think so, so I’ll give you that hint.
There are layers of snubs there. Calling it the “tour of 54”. Which implies that LIV is not “championship golf”. And reminding the world that while Norman may have been ranked No. 1 in the world, Faldo came out on top in the biggest events, winning six major championships to Norman’s two. Their rivalry has reignited periodically in recent years, with the two butting heads over broadcast styles. And Faldo didn’t mince words about LIV, either: On this weekend’s broadcast he openly questioned Brooks Koepka’s decision to leave the PGA Tour.
“It’s a wonderful example of the challenge of playing the Tour,” Faldo said on the Travelers broadcast. “I mean, we have a thing called missing the cut, which is what, all of a sudden, they don’t like. But that’s part of our sport, committing to an event. And Brooks is a wonderful example. He started very far, I think, on the Asian Tour, then he wins in Europe. We were there on CBS to see him win in Phoenix. He wins four majors, he’s worked his way up. Last week he said, ‘Out of my sight, all I want to do is play golf and go and win.’ And then someone dials his number, and he leaves.
“And I’m really surprised by that, because I know when he’s out there, he’s a boatload of cash. It’s also a lot of required personal appearances and that kind of thing that they’re going to be doing. I am sure he will find that he ages very quickly,” Faldo continued. “And you know, the other very important thing is enjoyment. You have to enjoy what you do in life. You can’t stand on the golf course and think, ‘I don’t know why I’m here.’ You can’t, you just can’t fake that. It’s an important thing in life to know what you’re out there for and you think, I love this, I really love this. And I can’t see how these guys right now think it’s a serious challenge.”
So no, neither Faldo nor his dog are heading to the LIV tour. Instead, they head to Montana, outside of Bozeman, where they have a farm under construction.
“We’re headed to Montana, Linds and I have a big project, build us a farm, always after Covid started, I thought about that. Now let’s do it. We just want to make the puppies happy.”
“Linds” refers to Lindsay De Marco, Faldo’s fourth wife, whom he married in 2020. The two have a barn (and Twitter account!) going. It seems that they are about to have more time to focus on the rest.
Meanwhile, Faldo feels the love.
“I wanted to thank you all so much, it’s been a week since I retired from commentating full time, I really wanted to thank you all. The support and the well wishes have been very, very nice, so thank you very much for that,” Faldo said. He introduced his upcoming schedule, which includes an Elton John concert at Vicarage Road, Watford FC’s home stadium. It stands to reason that Sir Nick is making the trip; Sir Elton is on his own farewell tour.
We also don’t expect him to join LIV.