Usually, a game associated with class and a conservative tone of appreciation, this year’s Ryder Cup showed that not everyone has the same sombre appreciation for golf.
Held at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Minnesota, the 41st Ryder Cup tournament was always going to attract some passionate, yet noisy, American supporters, especially considering their side hadn’t won the competition since 2008.
Ahead of the tournament, brother of Danny Willett Pete took to social media to voice his concerns at the disrespectful tone between the USA supporters and the European players, labelling Americans as “fat, greedy, and classless”.
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This comment made just hours before tee-off lead to more unwanted heat thrust upon the European players from the Team USA fans.
Yet, Willett is no stranger to the US fans, having won The Master's tournament in Georgia just a few months back in April. That feat made him the first European Green-Jacket winner in 17 years, as Jose Maria Olazabal from Spain triumphed in the 1999 Masters.
It was a feat which potentially fuelled the fire considering Willett ousted popular American golfer Jordan Spieth in the final round.
Whilst keeping quiet during the tournament, Willett has since become rather vocal in the press after the conclusion of the event.
He used expletives to describe his performance over the weekend as he set a very negative tone in the press.
He then took to social media to validate his brother's claims about the lack of class within the American fans. He was aware of his poor day at the office, yet was disappointed with the American fans who, in his opinion, ruined the atmosphere.
He tweeted: "Very strange week here at the Ryder cup.. Tried my best but played poorly.. Unfortunately, some american fans showed that @ P_J_Willett was in fact correct."
The European team may have lost the cup 17-11, and suffered an uncharacteristic level of abuse, yet iconic Northern Irish player Rory McIlroy was quick to combat the situation.
He’d go on to ask European fans not to hold grudges when the Ryder Cup returns to Europe in 2018. He also went on to defend the American fans, stating that it was a small minority which caused the incidents, and that this wasn’t a standard weekend of golf.
Rory also speculated that the win for the US was good for the sport; as he praised the competitiveness of both teams.
This could be the start of a new, loud, and abrasive era for golf given the decibels of noise from the American fans. Or potentially just the battle-cry of injured American golf fans who had endured eight long years without a Ryder Cup win.
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