The 2014 Ryder Cup is the gift that keeps on giving.
Patrick Reed’s heel turn, Phil Mickelson publicly calling out Tom Watson, Rory McIlroy celebrating shirtless with a kilt and red wig, Tom Watson in general, Jamie Donaldson still drunk during a TV interview the next morning, the U.S. losing so bad it needed to create a task force, the list could go on and on.
One to add to the list: a former European Ryder Cup captain calling another former Euro captain an “a–hole.”
“To say that right in the middle of the Ryder Cup, what was the a–hole thinking about?” Torrance told the magazine. “The reaction in the team room was magnificent. The guys rallied round Garcia. 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. 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 and Faldo were 4-4 as teammates on Europe’s Ryder Cup teams from 1981-95. In their respective stints as captain, Torrance led the 2002 European squad to a 15.5-12.5 victory over the U.S. at The Belfry while Faldo’s squad lost 16.5-11.15 at Valhalla Golf Club in 2008. Torrance, a vice captain for Paul McGinley this year, said he hadn’t spoken to Faldo face-to-face and thought Faldo was trying to grab headlines with his initial comments.
“He just opens his mouth to change feet,” Torrance said.