A member of his team for Europe’s loss in 2008, Faldo referred to Garcia as “useless” and insisted that he had “a bad attitude.”
Following a day during which he went 0-1-1 alongside Rory McIlroy, Garcia was apprised of these comments and offered some of his own.
“That's unfortunate,” he said with a laugh. “I guess he doesn't feel European. That's the only thing I can think of. You know, there's a lot of things I could say about Nick Faldo, but I'm not going to put myself down to his level.”
Garcia compiled a 0-2-2 record at Valhalla that week.
“You've got one of the best Ryder Cup pairings of all time being sat down on a Saturday morning of a Ryder Cup that we go on to lose,” McDowell said pointedly. “I'd say Sergio was fairly useless that afternoon, yeah, because he wasn't able to play. So, yeah, I agree.”