Torrance launches scathing attack on Faldo’s ‘pathetic’ Garcia criticism

Sam Torrance has criticised Nick Faldo for labelling Sergio Garcia “useless” on the eve of September’s Ryder Cup, branding the Englishman “an arsehole”.

Torrance launches scathing attack on Faldo’s ‘pathetic’ Garcia criticism

Faldo caused controversy by questioning Garcia’s attitude during the 2008 contest when he led Europe to their only Ryder Cup defeat since 1999.

The Spaniard insisted he was happy to “forgive and forget” in the wake of Europe’s 16.5-11.5 victory at Gleneagles but Torrance, who served as one of Paul McGinley’s vice-captains, was not so willing to forget the slur.

“To say that right in the middle of the Ryder Cup, what was the arsehole thinking about?” he said.

“The reaction in the team room was magnificent. The guys rallied round Garcia like he was an injured. !

“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 arsehole. 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.”

Torrance captained the Europeans to victory at the Belfry in 2002 and, while he criticised Faldo, he was full of praise for McGinley, who was crowned Coach of the Year at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards on Sunday.

“I think Paul McGinley is the best captain there has ever been, there’s no question about that in my mind,” he added. “He was extraordinary.”

Meanwhile Rory McIlroy was yesterday named the 2014 Race to Dubai European Tour Golfer of the Year after a stunning season on both sides of the Atlantic.

The Co Down man won the Race to Dubai and topped the PGA Tour money list, as well as winning the Open Championship and US PGA Championship as he reclaimed the world No.1 spot.

The 25-year-old also won the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth, and adds the honour to the Golf Writers Trophy he was awarded last week.

McIlroy also played in all five sessions as Europe won the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles, claiming three points as the United States were defeated 16.5-11.5.

“To be named the European Tour’s Golfer of the Year for a second time is a huge honour and one I am extremely proud of,” he said.

“If I had won any one of those four titles it would have been a good year, but to win all four, to win The Race to Dubai, and to be part of another fantastic European victory in The Ryder Cup, means it is a great one.

“Hopefully I can have more years like this one and win the award again.”

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