Truth & Rumors: Faldo foresees Ryder Cup tie; Ollie heads home to 'chill'
Nick Faldo keeps finding things to say about the Ryder Cup.
The former world No. 1 turned professional-golf-talker -- and unsuccessful 2008 European Ryder Cup captain -- said in an interview with Reuters that these two teams are evenly matched. So evenly matched, in fact, that there's a good chance the matches will end in the Cup's first tie in 23 years.
"On paper I think it's incredibly evenly matched," Faldo said. "Half-jokingly I said at the beginning of the season that we haven't had a tie for quite a while but suddenly now that notion doesn't seem so far off. Maybe a tie could be the result this year."
Meanwhile, one man who's done talking is current Euro skipper Jose Maria Olazabal.
Following a T-63 at last week's Italian Open, Ollie said that this week he plans on "chilling at home" and working on his speech for the Ryder Cup opening ceremony on Sept. 26. According to Karl MacGinty of Belfast Telegraph, Ollie feels "as nervous as a long-tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs" about giving that speech.
In keeping with that low profile, Ollie seems content to stay mum on the Cup until then. After his speech, Ollie said that Europe's "clubs will have to do the talking," clearly something he feels comfortable as a short-tailed cat about getting underway.
Faldo has set the bar historically low for Olazabal. During the 2008 opening ceremony at Valhalla, Faldo introduced Soren Hansen as Soren Stenson, asked Graeme McDowell if he was Irish or Northern Irish, and added, with turn-of-the-century humor, that Padraig Harrington had "hit as many golf balls as potatoes grown in Ireland."
Here's a hint, Ollie: Don't trip. Just give us the names, then clear the stage for those clubs to give that speech your guys have been preparing. And hope it doesn't end in a tie.