Nick Faldo Picks Tiger Woods as John Lennon and Reveals Golf’s Beatles Lineup

Published 01/09/2022, 3:00 PM EST


The only connection between the Beatles and golf is that the band used the sport as a backdrop for their 1964 album, Eight Days a Week. But is it? How can we forget the Beatlemaniac of the golf world, Nick Faldo!

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Nick Faldo is an English golfer turned television commentator with an extraordinary profile. He had won the Open Championship and the Masters’ titles three times. The former world no.1 for 98 weeks has the record of scoring the most points in the Ryder Cup; He played 11 Ryder Cups from 1977 to 1997. 

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But it is not just the sport the English golfer is fond of. Faldo loves the Beatles. He became overwhelmed when Paul McCartney said he knew him when they met each other. He had watched the eight-hour documentary, ‘Get Back.’

So it was not surprising when he was asked if modern golf had Paul, John, George, and Ringo in it, who would that be? 

Does Nick Faldo think Tiger is the John Lennon of modern golf?

Although he used to name Arnold Palmer as Paul McCartney for a long period, Nick has named a different golfer this time. He thinks that Rory McIlroy would be the perfect fit for McCartney. 

Rory McIlroy is a former world no. 1 and current no.8 golfer in the world. He was one of the 39 champions who qualified for the 2022 Sentry Tournament of Champions. 

Faldo thinks both Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods will be good for John Lennon. He explained that Lennon’s trademark qualities were intellect and innate gifts, and both Nicklaus and Tiger have it in them, respectively. 

Dec 19, 2021; Orlando, Florida, USA; Tiger Woods reacting to Cameron Kuchar draining a long putt on the 17th green during the final round of the PNC Championship golf tournament at Grande Lakes Orlando Course. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Reper-USA TODAY Sports

Because of his quiet nature on the course, Sam Snead is the pick of Faldo for George Harrison; Harrison was known as “the quiet Beatle.”

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Although Nick loves Ringo Starr, he cannot come up with a name that would compliment Starr’s features. He said, “It is neat to see Ringo juggle drumsticks, using rhythm with instruments of rhythm.”

Although the golf legend couldn’t pick the modern golf Ringo, he wants the fans to figure that out by themselves. He added, “Maybe you have your own candidate: Ringo is to the Beatles as _____ is to golf.”

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So what do you think? Who is Ringo Starr in modern golf? And do you agree with Nick Faldo’s pick for the other three Beatles? Let us know. 

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Anjana Prabhakaran

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Anjana Prabhakaran is a Golf content writer at EssentiallySports. She has completed her Master's degree in Public Administration and considers researching as one of her hobbies. As her family is interested in sports, Anjana grew up watching every sport on television.

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