Nick Faldo’s an ‘a**hole,’ Ryder Cup stalwart Sam Torrance says
Nick Faldo “only opens his mouth to change feet,” Sam Torrance says of his “pathetic” eight-time Ryder Cup teammate’s describing Sergio Garcia as “useless.”
While it has been all Sturm und Drang in the American camp since Team Europe routed the U.S. squad in the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles, there has been nothing but a love fest for captain Paul McGinley and all things Euro since his team’s convincing victory in September.
Turns out, with 2014 Euro vice captain Sam Torrance lashing out at Nick Faldo for calling Sergio Garcia “useless” during the recent competition, the U.S. no longer holds exclusive rights to Ryder Cup disgruntlement.
Sir Nick on Sergio in ’08 Ryder Cup: “Well, in mine he was useless. Half point, bad attitude”. https://t.co/frL7Feyh5O
— Adam Sarson (@Adam_Sarson) September 26, 2014
“To say that right in the middle of the Ryder Cup, what was the a***hole thinking about?” Torrance said in the latest issue of Bunkered magazine. “The reaction in the team room was magnificent. The guys rallied round Garcia.”
Until now, Faldo had provided the only hint of a controversy not aimed at Tom Watson and his charges when he took a swipe at Sergio Garcia. In his role as TV analyst during the competition at Gleneagles, the 2008 European captain off-handedly threw Garcia under the golf cart when he criticized his performance as a member of his team.
Garcia refused to engage in a war of words with Faldo, who led Europe to its only loss since 1999, and the mini-firestorm burned itself out.
Until Torrance stirred the embers by torching his eight-time Ryder Cup teammate.
“Really, it was pathetic from Faldo,” Torrance, who was just warming up, continued. “He’s an a***hole … He just opens his mouth to change feet.”
Torrance termed Garcia one of Europe’s “best team players … an incredible kid, with the heart of a lion,” a terrific guy in the team room, and blasted Faldo for saying otherwise.
“Garcia’s not a team player?” Torrance asked rhetorically. “Have a look in the mirror, pal.”
Torrance and Faldo played together on eight straight Ryder Cup squads between 1981 and 1995, after which the former served as winning captain in 2002 and we all know how the latter fared in ’08.
The U.S. may (or may not, depending on whom you ask) need a task force to iron out its woes, but sounds like the Euros could use couples therapy.