Torrance: Faldo an 'a******' for Garcia comments


The list of Europeans upset with Nick Faldo continues to grow.

This time it's Sam Torrance, a former European Ryder Cup captain who took umbrage with Faldo's comments at this year's Ryder Cup about Sergio Garcia.

During the telecast from Gleneagles, Faldo called Garcia 'useless' at the 2008 matches, where the Englishman served as captain and the Europeans suffered their only defeat this century. Many current players came to Garcia's defense, including Ian Poulter, whose comments on the issue in his subsequent autobiography helped in part to spark Ted Bishop's demise.

Speaking with the U.K's Bunkered Magazine, Torrance did not mince words about his former Ryder Cup teammate.

"To say that right in the middle of a Ryder Cup, what was the a**hole thinking about?" Torrance said. "Really, it was pathetic from Faldo. I've no idea where he was coming from with that stuff. You can quote me on that, I don't care. He's an a**hole.

"It was beyond belief that one of our greatest-ever players would come out with a comment like that," he said. "Garcia's not a team player? Have a look in the mirror, pal."

Torrance played on eight Ryder Cup teams during his career, then captained the Europeans - including Garcia - to victory at The Belfry in 2002. The Spaniard has amassed an 18-9-5 individual record in seven Ryder Cup appearances.

"Garcia's one of the best team players we have," Torrance said. "He's an incredible kid, with the heart of a lion and he's incredible in the team room."

When it comes to Faldo, though, Torrance's assessment isn't quite as rosy.

"He just opens his mouth to change feet," he said.