Sky Sports has confirmed that six-time major winner Sir Nick Faldo will join its team of commentators and experts for coverage of its first ever Open Championship this summer.
Viewers will hear insight and analysis from the former world number one, a winner of 41 tournaments worldwide during his playing career with three Open titles among his six major championship victories.
Faldo will join Sky Sports’ award-winning golf team that will offer golf fans an entire channel dedicated to The 145th Open at historic Royal Troon.
Live coverage of all four days’ play from the opening tee shot and commentary and analysis from a team that includes Sky Sports regulars Paul McGinley, Colin Montgomerie and Butch Harmon.
Regarded as one of the most pre-eminent players and broadcasters in the game, Faldo has worked for a variety of networks in the United States, including CBS as well as the Golf Channel, and was previously part of the BBC’s Open commentary team.
He first lifted the famous Claret Jug at Muirfield a day after his 30th birthday in 1987, and he then repeated the feat with a dominant triumph at St Andrews three years later.
Faldo’s third Open title, once more at Muirfield, came in 1992 and, in addition to his three victories, he has a further 10 top-10 finishes in the tournament.
On joining Sky Sports for the 2016 tournament, Faldo said: “I am happy to have the opportunity to work with the Sky Sports team in presenting The Open.
“This championship and its storied history means a lot to me. I hope to share insight, entertainment and a little local knowledge with Sky Sports viewers.
“Apparently, I’m going to be there for the first tee shot at 6.30am on Thursday morning, calling that, so that’s great.
“That’s modern television now that we are actually wall-to-wall for the full 72 holes of The Open, covering every single shot. That’s the era we are in now which is very cool.
Sky Sports head of golf Jason Wessely added: “Sir Nick Faldo is one of golf’s greats and I know our viewers will enjoy hearing the thoughts and opinions from someone who has been there and done it in The Open.
“He’ll be able to take our viewers inside the ropes and explain what the players are going through, from the first round on Thursday through to coming down the stretch on Sunday afternoon.
“We’re really looking forward to telling The Open story from Royal Troon next month, and with Sir Nick Faldo joining the team, we’ll be even better placed to give the Championship the coverage it deserves.”
Sky Sports’ extensive coverage of its debut Open starts on July 11, when Sky Sports 1 becomes ‘Sky Sports The Open’ for the duration of the tournament.
Live coverage of the tournament itself at Royal Troon begin on July 14 ahead of the opening tee shot at 6.35am, which will be given full live coverage for the first time on television in the UK.
It also plans to “modernise” the broadcasts, with the R&A concerned that the BBC’s coverage was starting to feel stale, but the decision to move away from free-to-air TV attracted criticism and anger.
After dropping its live coverage a year earlier than expected due to budget cuts, the BBC will instead broadcast daily prime-time highlights of all four rounds.