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Sir Nick Faldo has launched an extraordinary broadside at Sergio Garcia, branding the Spaniard the “most immature player ever”. 

The six-time major champion made the remark on social media in response to comments made by Garcia about Rory McIlroy.

Speaking to The Telegraph during the opening event of the LIV Golf season in Mexico, Garcia revealed that his friendship with his former Ryder Cup teammate has been destroyed over the Spaniard’s move to LIV Golf.

“I think it is very sad,” said Garcia. “We’ve done so many things together and had so many experiences together that for him to throw that away just because I decided to go to a different tour, well, it doesn’t seem very mature; lacking maturity, really.”

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That prompted an incredulous backlash from many within the game, amongst them Faldo, who took to Twitter to defend McIlroy.

Quote-tweeting a story based on Garcia’s comments to The Telegraph, the Englishman wrote: “Now this is rich coming from the most immature player I’ve ever witnessed!”

Faldo and Garcia have a complicated history.

During the 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles, Faldo – commentating on the event for NBC – described Garcia as having been “useless” and demonstrating a “bad attitude” during the 2008 match.

Garcia contributed only one point from four as Europe, captained by Faldo, slipped to a first defeat in the contest in nine years.

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In response, Garcia said: “I guess he doesn’t feel European, that’s the only thing I can think of. There’s a lot of things I could say about Nick Faldo but I’m not going to put myself down to his level.”

Those comments prompted Sam Torrance to brand Faldo an “arsehole” in an interview with bunkered, adding that he “just opens his mouth to change feet”.

Ironically, another one of the people who defended Garcia at the time of Faldo’s comments? Rory McIlroy.

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Michael McEwan is the Deputy Editor of bunkered and has been part of the team since 2004. In that time, he has interviewed almost every major figure within the sport, from Jack Nicklaus, to Rory McIlroy, to Donald Trump. The host of the multi award-winning bunkered Podcast and a member of Balfron Golfing Society, Michael is the author of three books and is the 2023 PPA Scotland 'Writer of the Year' and 'Columnist of the Year'. Dislikes white belts, yellow balls and iron headcovers. Likes being drawn out of the media ballot to play Augusta National.

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