Nick Faldo will retire as CBS Sports’ top golf analyst after the current season. His final telecast will be Aug. 7 from the PGA Tour’s Wyndham Championship. Faldo, who has been on CBS’s golf telecasts for 16 years, was in the final year of his contract.
Trevor Immelman will replace Faldo next year, sitting in the 18th tower alongside Jim Nantz. Immelman has been part of CBS’s golf telecasts since 2019. He signed a multiyear deal that will start with the Farmers Insurance Open next January. Immelman has been a lead analyst for Golf Channel and was an analyst on Turner Sports’ “The Match.”
It was during a breakfast at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro Am in February that Faldo told CBS Sports Chair Sean McManus that he planned to step down. “Since Nick is in the last year of his deal, I thought we were going to talk about a new deal,” McManus said. “Nick, with his wife Lindsay, said that he wanted to retire.” Faldo cited a desire to cut back on the amount of travel he's been doing while focusing on Faldo Design, which focuses on golf course design, and Faldo Series, which focuses on junior golf.
McManus’ team spent much of the next few months searching for a replacement before settling on Immelman, a South African who won the Masters in 2008. McManus described Immelman as a hard worker with a good sense of humor who can offer a good perspective on-air. “The name that kept coming up all the time was Trevor Immelman,” McManus said. “Trevor is a great team player. The game is becoming increasingly more international, and he’s got international pedigree. Listening to his work on the Masters, he just became the most logical and best choice.”
Faldo will be a hard announcer to replace -- and not just because of the gravitas that comes from winning six Majors. “Nick’s chemistry with Jim is extraordinary; they play off each other really well,” McManus said. “He is a force of nature. He came across as being very authoritative and definitive in his opinions while never being mean-spirited or overly critical.”
Gideon Cohen, Kevin Hopkins and Mark Steinberg from Excel Sports Management rep Immelman.
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