Sergio Garcia shakes hands with Europe team captain Nick Faldo before teeing off at the first hole during the opening round of the 2008 Ryder Cup.
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Saturday, September 27, 2014

Sergio Garcia is known as one of Europe's Ryder Cup heroes, but that wasn't Nick Faldo's view when Faldo captained the European team in 2008.

During the Golf Channel's telecast of the Ryder Cup Friday, Faldo said that Garcia didn't live up to his Ryder Cup reputation on the 2008 team.

"He was useless," Faldo said.

In 2008, Garcia went 0-2-2 and was benched for the Saturday afternoon round due to what Faldo said was a “bad attitude.” Stewart Cink beat Garcia in Sunday singles 4 and 3 as the America's cruised to victory at Valhalla in Kentucky, the only U.S. Ryder Cup win since 1999.

After halving his afternoon match with Rory McIlroy against Rickie Fowler and Jimmy Walker on Friday, Garcia laughed off Faldo's comments.

“I guess he doesn’t feel European," Garcia said. "That’s the only thing I can think of. You know, there’s a lot of things I could say about Nick Faldo, but I’m not going to put myself down to his level.”

Graeme McDowell, who was a rookie on the 2008 European team, stood up for Garcia and said that Faldo made a mistake with his controversial benching of Garcia and Lee Westwood in 2008.

“You've got one of the best Ryder Cup pairings of all time being sat down on a Saturday of a Ryder Cup that we go on to lose," McDowell said. "I'd say Sergio was fairly useless that afternoon, yeah, because he wasn't able to play.”

Garcia is sitting again tomorrow morning, so he’ll have some time to gear himself up for a comeback win. Paired with Rory McIlroy, Garcia finished the day 0-1-1 and had an impressive approach on 18 to steal a half-point from Fowler and Walker.

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