Return to the Golf Today Home Page All the latest golf news Coverage of all the worlds major tours For all your golfing needs Golf Course Directory Out on the course Golf related travel Whats going on, message board, links and more!
Worldwide Feature Articles
Golftoday Latest
PGA: Stephen Ames coasts to six shot win
PGA: Tiger Woods ends difficult week with 75
Euro: Van de Velde ends 13 year victory wait
Stephen Ames vaults to World No. 27
Boost for the Philippine Open
Tiger Woods misses practice to be with father

Clarke & Westwood disappointed with Faldo

Darren Clarke has blamed Nick Faldo for continuing the Ryder Cup row as he and Lee Westwood expressed their disappointment at Mark James' resignation as vice-captain.

Two of Europe’s top golfers have come out in support of their former captain, who was asked to resign on Tuesday in the wake of the storm over his book detailing his captaincy at Brookline in 1999.

"I'm very disappointed," Clarke said ahead of the Volvo Scandinavian Masters in Stockholm. "I think Mark James was a fantastic captain. He wrote a book to try and give an inside view of what went on.

"I've read most of the book and there was nothing that particularly bad in it. He did a fantastic job as captain and he would have been equally good, if not better, as a vice-captain.

"You have a certain person who took great offence to it and decided, even though he spends his time in America, that Mark James shouldn't be anything to do with the Ryder Cup. Everybody else has let it go.

"If you read the book he is more than complimentary about Nick, saying what a great record he had and all that. The Tournament Committee gave Jesse a 10-0 vote of support at Loch Lomond, you can't ask for anything more than that.

"I think he's been very, very hard done by. I think it's extremely unfair and it's a great shame that some people have been baying for his head."

Clarke & Westwood line up a putt at the 1999 Ryder Cup. Allsport.

Westwood questioned the make-up of the Ryder Cup Committee which contains just one person (Neil Coles) with playing experience of a Ryder Cup. Coles also admitted he had not actually read the book.

"I'm disappointed as I think Mark had a lot to offer and it's a shame that he won't be there to offer that experience," said Westwood.

"I'm not surprised that he resigned. The matter had to be finalised but it's surprising that the initial vote (by the Tournament Committee) should be overturned.

"I find it quite disturbing that the decision was left to a team of officials where just one has Ryder Cup playing experience. How would the others know what affect Mark's selection would have had on the team."

Meanwhile, the co-author of 'Into the Bear Pit' has dismissed Faldo's claims that the 1999 Ryder Cup captain 'fabricated' a tale concerning a good luck note to the European team at Brookline.

Writer Martin Hardy said: "Nowhere in the book does it say he sought the views of all the players. It actually says 'I decided to seek the views of a few other people including some players and the reaction was the same. Bin it.'

"I think Faldo would be best served by reading the book before commenting."





Email this page to a friend | Return to top of page