Saturday 18 November 2017

Video: Sergio Garcia makes fun of Nick Faldo after he described him as "useless" on US TV

Europe's Sergio Garcia (front) and Rory McIlroy pose with The Ryder Cup on day three of the 40th Ryder Cup at Gleneagles
Europe's Sergio Garcia (front) and Rory McIlroy pose with The Ryder Cup on day three of the 40th Ryder Cup at Gleneagles

James Corrigan

While Nick Faldo was turning his criticism of Sergio García against himself by referring to his 2008 Ryder Cup leadership as “useless”, the European team were cheering the Spaniard when he poked fun at the five-time major winner.

In the after-match press conference, Lee Westwood was explaining who Paul McGinley had consulted when he was preparing for his captaincy and listed the likes of Sam Torrance, Bernhard Langer and José María Olazábal when García interjected: “Do you think he talked to Faldo?”

That drew the mirth of the European team, who had closed around García when Faldo announced in a US TV broadcast during the first day’s play that the Spaniard had “a bad attitude” and was “useless” in Kentucky in Europe’s only defeat this century. Faldo later apologised for his comments, but only updated “useless” to “lousy”. He defended saying he had “a bad attitude” pointing out that García had just been through a painful relationship break-up with Morgan Norman, the daughter of two-time major winner Greg.

That statement seemingly only made it worse.

Faldo has now issued a more comprehensive apology saying his “words came out wrong” and blamed the pressures of “live telly”. In a tweet he praised Europe’s win and added: “will always wish I could have inspired such passion and amazing play in 08! #sadlyauselesscaptain”.

García was asked whether he had heard from Faldo. “I have not. I really wouldn’t expect it anyway, but I’ve had it [congratulations] from everyone on this table [his team-mates] and a lot of other people and that’s really what means a lot to me,” said the 34-year-old, whose five Ryder Cup wins means he has now surpassed Faldo’s record as a player.

However, if Faldo wishes too make it up to his face, then García is willing to hear him out. “I’m an open man and I’m always willing to forgive and forget," he said.

Here's Garcia's response:

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