Nick Faldo shocks everyone by playing world-class golf for the first time in years

Reminder: While we know him best for sitting on his arse and talking about golf for CBS these days, Sir Nick Faldo can actually still play the game of golf.

The six-time major winner put a peg in the ground in SA for the BMW South African Open, making his first European Tour start in two years. The result?

The 59-year-old now weekend hacker fired a two-under 70. He’s just four shots off the leader after one. Be honest. What’d you think the great Sir Nick Faldo would card? 80?

Faldo fired this tidy approach at the par-four 16th.

Sir Nick hasn’t been inside the ropes since 2015, when he teed it up at The Open Championship and Senior Open Championship. Although he has one more year of eligibility for The Open as a past champion, he said his 2015 effort at St. Andrews would be his last.

Faldo’s last non-major Euro Tour start was the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in October of 2014, where he finished tied for 73rd.

You have to be a little disappointed commentary partner Jim Nantz wasn’t there to carry his bag. But he has the walking case of verbal diarrhea that is Phil how-was-this-guy-an-NFL-QB-and-how-is-he-now-on-TV Simms, to deal with at this time of year.

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