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Sam Torrance tears into Faldo

Sam Torrance

• Torrance blasts Faldo over Garcia criticism
• Faldo had described Spaniard as ‘useless’
• “He only opens his mouth to change feet” says Sam
• Interview appears in issue 136 of bunkered

EXCLUSIVE

In an exclusive interview with bunkered, Sam Torrance has launched a stinging attack on his former Ryder Cup teammate Sir Nick Faldo for comments the Englishman aimed at Sergio Garcia during this year’s match at Gleneagles.

During commentary of the contest, Faldo described Spanish ace Garcia as having been ‘useless’ during the 2008 contest where Faldo was captain.

The remarks drew the six-time major winner widespread criticism and, speaking in the latest edition of bunkered (issue 136), Torrance, an assistant of Paul McGinley this year, broke his silence on the subject.

“To say that right in the middle of the Ryder Cup, what was the a***hole thinking about?” said Torrance. “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. You can even 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. Garcia’s not a team player? Have a look in the mirror, pal.

“He just opens his mouth to change feet.” – Sam Torrance on Sir Nick Faldo

“Garcia’s one of the best team players we have. He’s an incredible kid, with the heart of a lion and he’s incredible in the team room. Really, I’ve just no idea where those comments came from.”

Torrance went on to speculate that Faldo was perhaps ‘just trying to be controversial’, adding: “Remember the ‘I’d like to thank the press from the heart of my bottom’ speech? He just opens his mouth to change feet.”

Asked if he had confronted Faldo about his ill-judged remarks, Torrance said: “No, because the opportunity has come up to tell him what I thought about him before and it’s not something I want to do.”

Torrance and Faldo played on eight consecutive Ryder Cup teams together between 1981 and 1995. Torrance also captained the side to victory in 2002 at The Belfry, whilst Faldo’s stint at the helm ended in defeat at Valhalla six years later.

Sam Torrance :: Interview in full

To read all of Sam Torrance‘s interview with bunkered, pick up issue 136, out this week.

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6 Comments

  1. gerry.campbell1@ntlworld.com

    December 16, 2014 at 10:38 am

    Well said Sam. I don’t know any golfer who likes Faldo. Where as Sergio is loved by everyone. ..and most certainly in not ‘useless’ #outrageous comment

  2. John Allies

    December 17, 2014 at 4:27 pm

    I always find it a bit sickening when an also-ran like Torrance tries to get publicity by criticising one of the greatest golfers Britain has ever produced.

  3. Simon

    December 18, 2014 at 2:10 pm

    John, do you not think Sir Nick deserves such criticism? I believe any lover of this great game can only see his comments as out of order, an act of brown-nosing up to the US media. As our 2008 captain, he proved an inept leader, I would think he’d prefer the less said the better of that failure. We’re blessed to live through some of the greatest golf being played in the Ryder Cup so comments such as Sir Nicks are as untrue as they are irrelevant. Roll on 2016!

  4. Martin Smith

    December 19, 2014 at 12:58 am

    OK. Faldo was never as good a captain as a player but it is not his sole responsibility to motivate players for the greatest golf competition in the World. Garcia won 2 half points from 4 games and was trounced by Anthony Kim (who?). Unlike Poults who got 4 from 5. Garcia, like many on that team did not play well, it’s just fashionable for lesser players and commentators to run down Faldo.

  5. James Paton

    December 20, 2014 at 9:14 am

    Sam is right, Faldo should take a look in the mirror. The comments at Gleneagles regarding Garcia were unnecessary and the aim was to get some headlines. In my opinion Faldo was the worst European captain ever and the timing of his comments were ridiculous. At Valhalla There was a distinct lack of prepetration. His opening speech was poorly prepared and incorrectly announced players and their home countries. His gaff with the ‘sandwich list for players’ made him look like an amateur. And finally to top it off throughout the week he looked as if it was his family holiday rather than the most important role of his life (something I feel Sam, Langer, Monty, Woosie, Olly & Mcginley all respected and conducted themselves professionally).
    Faldo has a great ryder cup record but that did not mean he would be a great captain.
    Comments here regarding how players performed at Valhalla are flawed as the players first and foremost represent their captain and their country. Every single player from Europe tried their best but it was not good enough (by the way Anthony Kim was a seriously good player at that time his form was excellent).
    A losing or winning team is a reflection of how well they were led. Sam Torrance is one of the best Ryder Cup captains of all time, I would urge everyone to read his book and appreciate the meticulous prepetration he made. This level of detail has been used by all great captains ever since except Faldo. Would I have sung so loudly on the first tee for Faldo at Gleneagles on the Sunday morning singles, no. Sam Torrance started the ball rolling with European successes and as vice captain this year was outstanding.
    Ps I am not just an arm chair fan… I have attended 8 Ryder Cups and regardless of winning or losing our European Team fans are all fantastic. All the European supporters accepted the loss with grace however we left Valhalla feeling let down by Faldo.

  6. Robert Laird

    February 4, 2015 at 11:59 am

    Despite the predictable support from Faldo fans, Sam was right. The fault may be with Bunkered for publishing those particular remarks regardless of how candid and right they were!. This was confirmed at the latest Waste Management tournament tin the States when, after Martin Laird had suffered the horrors of going from 1st to 5th in one easy move, Faldo was heard to say that it wasn’t a good day for the Scotts with Andy Murrays’ performance in the Oz tennis final. Things happen and we have to live with the result, but this was a perfect example of what Sam said about foot in the mouth syndrome. At least the Scots are at last showing a bit of promise and Murray has proved he is the best UK has ever produced. At least his fellow commentators had the grace to ignore his jibe.

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