At the 2008 Ryder Cup, Sir Nick Faldo first criticized Sergio Garcia, and after remarks regarding Rory McIlroy, the Englishman appears to have reignited this enmity.
As Sergio Garcia attacked Rory McIlroy, a former Ryder Cup teammate and critic of Him, earlier golf week, Sir Nick Faldo rekindled their 15-year feud. Garcia addressed his continuing dispute with former teammate and friend McIlroy while taking part in LIV Golf’s season-opening competition at Mayakoba.
The connection between the Northern Irishman and Garcia appears to have ended as a result of the Northern Irishman’s prominent criticism of the breakaway circuit. The four-time major champion’s “lack of maturity” is to blame for their friendship’s demise, the 2017 Masters champion said while talking about his dispute with McIlroy in Mexico.
I feel like we’ve done so much together and experienced so much that for him to disregard it simply because I chose to go a different tour, well, it just seems immature; lacking in maturity, really.
Nonetheless, Rory has his own life and makes his own decisions in the same manner as I do. Although I accept his decisions, it appears that he does not appreciate mine. A one-way street, then. Faldo, though, thinks Garcia is the one who is “immature.”
The three-time winner of the Masters slammed Garcia’s remarks. He turned to social media and tweeted: “Now this is rich coming from the most immature player I’ve ever watched!”
Of course, this isn’t the first time Faldo has harshly criticized the LIV Golf man. When Faldo served as Europe’s Ryder Cup captain in 2008, and they lost to their American opponents at Valhalla, their enmity appeared to have started. The captain was not particularly impressed with Garcia, who was generally fired.
Six years later, while reporting on the 2014 competition for Golf Channel, he made this revelation, labeling Garcia’s efforts in 2008 as “useless.” Terry Gannon, the show’s host, praised the Spaniard for his Ryder Cup contributions, calling them “amazing,” but Faldo chimed in, “Yeah, except for one.”
The former captain continued, referring to 2008: “He was useless. One-half of a point, attitude. Anyway, six years later, we continue. When competing in Paris in 2018, the Spaniard defeated Faldo of all players to become the competition’s highest-scoring player.
It becomes unlikely that Garcia will be able to add to his current 28.5 after his performance at Whistling Straits two years ago because of his loyalty to LIV Golf.