So is Nick Faldo showing his infamous stubborness in this week’s Seve Trophy? The Seve Trophy is a golf competition between teams representing the UK and Ireland versus Europe. It is being held this week in Killenard, Ireland. Nick Faldo, English golfer and winner of six masters is the captain of the UK and Ireland side – a role he will be taking up for Europe in the 2008 Ryder Cup.
Given the tournament is in Ireland you would think that Faldo would find it sensible to include one or two Irish players in his wildcard picks. Afterall, there’s a few of them around. To be fair Padraig Harrington, winner of this year’s Open was in but had to withdraw. However Faldo decided to leave out Paul McGinley, one of his named Ryder Cup vice-captains, who has now pulled out of that role as well.
The Irish media (and the players) have been complaining about the poor attendance at the event yesterday and today, well I’m sure crowds would have been swelled a bit if there was a bit of home interest out on the course. The fear is that Faldo has too much ego to do the right thing, and it already appears to be affecting the Ryder Cup preparations.
Of course, the other reason for low crowds, which the UK media have gleefully picked up on, is the fact that the Irish National Ploughing Championships are taking place at the same time just up the road from the Seve Trophy. Now I’d never heard of these championships until they were mentioned in conversation earlier in the week. Apparantly they really are a big thing, and are pulling in 50,000+ crowds! To be fair, it is much more than the name suggests and is Irelands largest agricultural fair.