Nick Faldo opened his mouth at the Ryder Cup. The result? Getting tarred and feathered by almost the entire European golf community.
While serving as on-air analyst with Golf Channel during the 2014 Ryder Cup, Faldo called Sergio Garcia “useless” during the ’08 Ryder Cup, where Faldo was losing captain on American soil. Faldo explained Garcia was listless after his breakup with Greg Norman’s daughter, Morgan Leigh, and wasn’t of much use in the only European loss since the 1999 comeback at Brookline.
Faldo later apologized, but that didn’t help. In his memoir, Ian Poulter added in commentary about Faldo and his remark, so strong that it compelled now former PGA of America president Ted Bishop to come to Faldo’s defense — and, in turn, get ousted early from his dream job.
Sam Torrance, 2002 Ryder Cup captain and ’14 assistant captain, was the latest to verbally flay Faldo.
“To say that right in the middle of the Ryder Cup, what was the a***hole thinking about?” said Torrance in an interview with Bunkered Online in the U.K. “The reaction in the team room was magnificent. The guys rallied round Garcia. [But] really, it was pathetic from Faldo. I’ve no idea where he was coming from with that stuff. … He’s an a***hole. It was beyond belief that one of our greatest-ever players would come out with a comment like that. Garcia’s not a team player? Have a look in the mirror, pal.”