It is fair to say that the couple are not members of the mutual appreciation society. Here, we take a look back at some of the things they said about each other and take a look at some of golf’s most notable feuds.
Rory McIlroy and Greg Norman
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McElroy was very happy to pass Norman’s 20 victories on the PGA Tour and was thrilled to regain the world number one spot in the world rankings, making it clear that his next goal is to surpass the number of weeks Norman has been in the lead. He couldn’t even bring himself to name Norman. Now, he says, Norman “should exit the stage left.” For his part, Norman McIlroy was accused of hypocrisy.
Nick Faldo and the British media
Faldo’s determination to win was legendary. This is the guy who went too far and rebuilt his swing because he realized his technique wouldn’t hold up to the pressure when it came to winning the majors. It is fair to say that the British media set him up, only to turn against him when he reached heights. The problem was that Faldo was completely dedicated in his pursuit of perfection. And he got his back on the media after winning The Open for the third time in 1992. In an extraordinary speech to winners, he first sang “My Way” to the show, then thanked the audience “from the bottom of my heart” before thanking the press “from the bottom of my heart.” “.
Bresson DeChambeau and Brooks Koepka
These guys don’t hide the fact that they don’t get along. When you consider that they are now competing on the LIV Golf circuit, with its 48-player courses, it is hard to imagine how they could avoid each other. It reached an unacceptable level when Koepka encouraged golf fans to harass DeChambeau, promising to buy them beer if they did.
Patrick Reid and Jordan Spieth
The duo formed a decent partnership in the 2014 and 2016 Ryder Cups and the 2017 Presidents Cup. But in early 2018, Reed was denied a rest during an Arnold Palmer call and muttered: “I think you have to be Jordan Spieth.” A few weeks later he joked about holding Spieth in the 2016 Ryder Cup. Then came the 2018 Ryder Cup at Le Golf National, where they were supposed to partner each other again. But that didn’t happen, and Reid said, “It’s obviously something to do with Jordan not wanting to play with me. I don’t have any problem with Jordan. When it comes down to it, I don’t care whether I like the person I’m paired with or if the person loves me as long as they are.” works and sets the team up for success.”
Sergio Garcia and Well, just about everyone…
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The Spaniard is Europe’s Ryder Cup scoring record and, at 19 years old, is one of the most talented golfers has ever seen. There was a genuine warmth towards him when he finally won the Masters. But the boy has been hard to like over the years, as he verbally spats with Tiger Woods, spits in trophies in front of TV cameras, smashes clubs, kicks golf shoes into crowds, attacks bunkers, and finally launches a stunning verbal assault on the DP World Tour before Defection to LIV Golf. You get the impression that Sergio could start a brawl in an empty room.
Sergio Garcia and Nick Faldo
By common agreement, Faldo’s captaincy in the Ryder Cup in 2008 was a disaster. It is not surprising that Europe was crushed by a well-organized American team. A few years later, Faldo told Golf Channel that Garcia was useless in 2008. During the 2018 Ryder Cup at Le Golf National, Garcia won by three points and became Europe’s all-time leading scorer. Asked afterwards what that meant to him, he said: “It means a lot to me. I ran through some of my heroes today – and Nick Faldo.”
Paul Azinger and Seif Ballesteros
Where do I begin with this pair? It all began in the 1989 Ryder Cup when Azinger refused Saif’s request to replace a damaged golf ball. “Is this how you want to play today?” Ballesteros asked. Bad feeling prevailed for the rest of the singles matches. On the 18th hole, Sevey countered a drop that Azinger pulled out of the water as the American won by one. And it didn’t end there. In 1991, at the famous Kiawah Ryder Cup, Seve and Jose Maria Olazabal were paired against Azinger and Steve Pate. The Spanish duo accused the Americans of using different golf balls in a quadrilateral, which was against the rules. There was a furious brawl and Saif and Olazabal went on to win 2 & 1 and then beat them again in the afternoon with four balls. Subsequently, Sevi called Azinger a liar, and Azinger called him “King of Games” and accused him of coughing during shots.
Tiger Woods and Stephen Ames
Not so much hostility as, “Why didn’t I keep my mouth shut?” Prior to the 2006 WGC Match Play, Woods had been struggling with his game. He was drawn to play Ames, who said of their upcoming encounter: “Anything can happen, especially when he hits the ball.” Woods beat him 9&8. Over 18 holes. When asked about his reaction to Ames’ post-round comment, Woods said it was: “9 and 8”.
Gene Sarazen and Walter Hagen
At the 1933 US Open, Sarrazin was asked by the media how he thought Hagen would find success. He replied, “They don’t have rocking chairs in golf anymore. How can Hagen win?” It turned out that Sarazen was right but Hagen finished tied for fourth, 11 shots ahead of Sarazen. After Sarzen had finished his last round, a rocking chair was delivered by packet, he said, “Mr. Hagen sent this. He thought you might need it.”
Miguel Angel Jimenez and Keegan Bradley
Miguel Angel Jimenez is one of the fastest golfers on the field. Keegan Bradley is not. So when they faced each other at WGC Match Play in 2015, no one should have been surprised when they didn’t go head-to-head. Jimenez disagreed with where Bradley took a drop in the 18th and, while trying to make his point, told Bradley camper Steve Hill to shut up. Hill objected to this and Bradley stepped directly in front of the Spaniard to say, “Don’t tell the caddy to shut up.” Jimenez won the match, but although he and Bradley shook hands, the argument was still heated and Hill refused to shake Jimenez’s hand on the 18th green.
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