Faldo - a true sporting great
Nick Faldo's knighthood is a long overdue honour for him and the game of golf.
Our golfers often seem to be overlooked when it comes to the honours system, lagging behind the cyclists, yachtsmen and cricketers, who seem to be celebrated far more readily.
Had a modern-day British tennis player ever matched his level of achievement - or even a sixth of it - would they have had to wait so long for a knighthood?
But this isn't a time for sour grapes. We should celebrate the fact that Faldo's glorious playing career has now been fully recognised by the British establishment.
He ripped up the template for how professional golf should be approached with his dedication and desire. And it was duly rewarded with six major titles - three Opens and three Masters - to fully vindicate his daring decision to radically alter his swing under the tutelage of David Leadbetter.
Faldo has never been the most popular of figures among his peers and in the media tent. He was always at his best when he let his clubs do the talking.
His Ryder Cup captaincy was an uncharacteristic failure and ultimately will not be what he will be remembered for. Instead, it will be for being a steely competitor who made himself the best golfer in the world, one that struck fear into opponents all over the globe
Let it not be forgotten, also, that he has provided plenty of time and energy for junior golfers in the successful Faldo Series from which several of the young guns of the European Tour have emerged, such as Nick Dougherty.
So, arise Sir Nick. A thoroughly well-deserved honour and about time, too. And while we are at it, how about Sir Tony Jacklin?