Posted: Monday October 23, 2006 11:34AM; Updated: Tuesday October 24, 2006 8:33AM
Forget the Champions tour: Faldo, who turns 50 in July, will be too busy announcing.
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Earlier this month, not long after the Golf Channel announced that Nick Faldo would be its lead PGA Tour analyst in 2007, CBS startled the TV sports industry by also hiring Faldo, to replace Lanny Wadkins in the tower at 18. In addition, Faldo, 49, is likely to make a cameo during ABC's coverage of the British Open. SI's Michael Bamberger checked in with the man who will soon be the most watched announcer in golf.
SI: What percentage of TV viewers do you think watch golf telecasts with the volume off?
NF: Tough to say. Maybe 20%? I want 100% listening to me. I'll use hand signals if I have to.
SI: You'll be European Ryder Cup captain in 2008. You said that you'd take your chances on the '06 team after a change of clothes and a "cat's lick." What is a cat's lick?
NF: It's British slang for a quick wash under the armpits.
SI: The CBS crew will be accent city with you, Ian Baker-Finch, David Feherty and Peter Oosterhuis. Do you think Americans will have a hard time deciphering what you're saying?
NF: Subtitles might be necessary, but the interpreter will have to be good.
SI: Do you think Feherty is on performance-enhancing drugs?
NF: He's always been like that. We were playing this ridiculous downhill par-3, and we'd hit two-irons that were in the air forever. He said, with the ball in the air, "If it were coal, it'd turn into a diamond by now."
SI: Who do you think is the best announcer in golf?
NF: Johnny [Miller], because he calls it as he sees it. At least he's been the best.
SI: How many majors will you work in '07?
NF: Four. I'll work the Masters and the PGA for CBS, the U.S. Open for the Golf Channel, and I'll play in the British Open.