Ian Poulter Says European Players Lost Respect for Nick Faldo After He Called Sergio Garcia 'Useless'
Tom Watson isn’t the only recent Ryder Cup captain taking heat from his former team this week.
According to The Telegraph, Ryder Cup stalwart Ian Poulter lashed out at Nick Faldo, who captained the Euros to a 16.5-11.5 loss to the Americans at Valhalla in 2008, in his newly-published book, No Limits: My Autobiography.
Poulter took issue with on-air comments Faldo made about Sergio Garcia during the Golf Channel’s Friday telecast from this year’s Ryder Cup at Gleneagles, in which the Europeans soundly defeated the Americans, 16.5 to 11.5. Faldo said Garcia, who went 0-2-2 in 2008, was “useless” and claimed to have benched the Spaniard for what he called a “bad attitude.”
Faldo later softened his stance, calling his comments “a throwaway line with no malice” made in the heat of live television, but Poulter suggests the damage has already been done.
"Sergio puts a brave face on it but the rest of the guys are fuming. I'm shocked that he has said it. It's highly disrespectful. It's a cheap shot and it's the worst possible timing.
"It makes me laugh. Faldo is talking about someone being useless at the 2008 Ryder Cup. That's the Ryder Cup where he was captain. That's the Ryder Cup where the Europe team suffered a heavy defeat.
"And he was captain. So who's useless? Faldo might need to have a little look in the mirror. I have always got on great with Faldo in the past and I have a great deal of respect for everything he has achieved but this feels like sour grapes. It feels like a guy who is still bitter that he lost in 2008.
"Faldo has lost a lot of respect from players because of what he said. There were plenty of things a lot of the players were unhappy with at Valhalla but none of us criticised him. He may find that begins to change now."