LONDON: Nick Faldo, the most successful British golfer of the modern era, will receive a knighthood in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.
Former world number one Faldo, 51, won six majors, including three US Opens, during an illustrious career and was captain of the European Ryder Cup team that lost to the Americans last year.
“I am more than a little bit humbled and delighted to have been afforded this great honour,” Faldo was quoted as saying by British media on Saturday.
“It has come as a real surprise and the reaction from my children, family and friends has made this a very special moment for me.
“I believe I join Sir Henry Cotton as the only other professional British golfer to receive a knighthood, so to stand alongside such esteemed comany is incredible.”
There are also MBEs for England’s World Cup-winning women’s cricket captain Charlotte Edwards, badminton player Gail Emms and former England cricketer Graeme Hick, regarded by many as one of the most naturally gifted batsmen of his generation. — Reuters