Lee Westwood has questioned whether Tiger Woods will have a positive impact in his role as a Ryder Cup vice-captain.
Speaking with ESPN UK, Westwood - who will be making his 10th appearance in the team event thanks to a captain's pick - wondered if Davis Love III was the best choice to lead the US team.
While Woods dominated his competition for almost 20 years, his lone appearance on a victorious Ryder Cup team came back in 1999.
"Tiger looks at things from maybe a little bit higher viewpoint than all of us sometimes", said Love last week. It was a deliberate act by Westwood to try to put pressure on them'.
In further problems for Love, world No. 2 Dustin Johnson said on Wednesday that he does not want to partner United States team-mate Phil Mickelson, a five-time Major champion, at the Ryder Cup.
The truth is Tiger won't hit a shot next week and can't have much of an impact once the matches actually start. "They have always struggled to find a partner for Tiger that's been successful".
"He could have an adverse effect in the team room", Westwood continued.
The Ryder Cup is a week away, but the mudslinging has already begun.
Among their opponents on the European side: tennis legend Martina Navratilova, boy-bander Niall Horan from One Direction, celebrity chef Jose Andres and Nigel Lythgoe, TV producer of such spectacles as "American Idol" and "So You Think You Can Dance". With such dominance in the recent past, the USA will be eager to turn it around at home course, and Westwood feels Love's team will be under pressure to deliver in Ryder Cup 2016.
Casey played in the record nine-point wins in 2004 and 2006 and Europe's last attempt to claim four straight victories at Valhalla in 2008, but was in tears after being overlooked for a wild card by captain Colin Montgomerie in 2010, when he was ranked seventh in the world.
Inevitably, the presumption has been that Love does not consider Watson to be a team player.
"His captaincy at Chicago was great for a couple of days", said Westwood, alluding to the Americans' meltdown at Medinah in 2012.
'I don't know about that, ' he said. Love has not picked Bubba Watson and I don't know what that does for team spirit. Stricker even fielded in a call from Tiger via speaker before he quickly shut it off and went and talked to him for about 30 minutes.