Born in Welwyn Garden City, Faldo scored his first notable success in 1975 when he won the English amateur championship. He turned professional the following year and was first selected to play in Britain's Ryder Cup team in 1977. He won five major tournaments in 1983 but became dissatisfied with his swing and spent two years (1985–87) totally reconstructing it, during which time he won no significant titles. Over the next three years, however, he established his reputation as the country's leading golfer, with two victories in the French Open as well as victories in the US Masters event (1989 and 1990) and the UK Open (1987 and 1990). His successes in 1990 made him the first golfer since 1982 to win two of the four grand-slam events in a single year: he only narrowly missed also winning the US Open. His subsequent triumphs include three victories in the Irish Open (1991–93), the British Open (1992), and the US Masters (1996).
Subjects: Contemporary History (Post 1945).