Nick Faldo has received a knighthood in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for services to golf.
The 51-year-old is Britain’s most successful golfer in the modern era with six Majors and 30 wins on the European Tour.
“I am more than a little bit humbled to have been afforded this great honour,” said Faldo, who recently confirmed that he’d be playing at Turnberry for the Open Championship in July.
In a statement, Faldo continued: “It has come as a real surprise and the reaction from my children, family and friends has made this a very special moment for me.
“I believe I join Sir Henry Cotton as the only other professional British golfer to receive a knighthood so to stand alongside such esteemed company is incredible.
“I should like it if I may to accept this honour as a representative of a sport that has given me so much in my life.
“I would also like to thank all of the people that have helped make that possible – not least of all my parents, whose unstinting love and support is a real blessing.”
Faldo’s appearance at Turnberry will be his 33rd Open and 96th Major after he missed last year’s tournament as he prepared his team for the Ryder Cup.