Danny Willett's family abused by spectators at Ryder Cup

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The 41st edition of the Ryder Cup didn't quite go to plan this year for the European team of golfers.

They entered this year's contest at Hazeltine National Golf Club, Minnesota, as defending champions, having won the Cup on three consecutive occasions previously.

But Europe were defeated at the hands of the Americans by a scoreline of 17 points to 11. 

It was the first win for the United States since their 2008 triumph at Valhalla, with the final tally turning out to be the biggest win margin since the U.S's 9-point win in 1981 over the Europeans at Walton Heath.

The 2016 Ryder Cup should have been a dream contest for Sheffield-born Danny Willett. He made his competition debut this year for the European team, but unfortunately, it will be an occasion that he will remember for all the wrong reasons.

Willett was dropped from the opening foursome matches after European team captain Darren Clarke learned of a magazine article - written by Willett's brother Peter - that had been released in the media ridiculing the American spectators at the event.

Before the tournament started, 29-year-old Willett was called to make a public apology on behalf of his brother, as a result of the article. 

In the article - which was published in the National Club Golfer magazine - Peter Willett called the American audience 'a baying mob imbeciles'.

He went on to relate to the Americans as "fat, stupid, greedy and classless", and also called for Team Europe to "silence the pudgy, basement-dwelling irritants" and "smash the obnoxious dads, with their shiny teeth, Lego man hair, medicated ex-wives and resentful children". 

It was a sentiment that, in the end, the two brothers would be in full unison on. Although Willett had initially apologised for the article, after the contest was over he went on twitter to display his rather unapologetic feelings. 

He tweeted: "Very strange week here at the Ryder Cup - tried my best but played poorly. Unfortunately some American fans showed that P.J Willet was in fact correct."

The remarks came from Willett as a result of his parents and wife receiving verbal abuse at the hands of some spectators in the audience during the competition.

In a post-match interview, Willett said: "You've got 150-200,000 fans there that love watching golf. Unfortunately, you've got the odd one or two that don't actually go there to watch the golf, which is a shame.

He continued: "I don't think you should be walking around playing golf while people are saying things to your parents and saying things to your wife.

"Unfortunately that happened and unfortunately it put a little bit of a downer on what was supposed to be my first really good experience of the Ryder Cup."

Danny Willet rose to prominence when he won the 2016 Masters tournament at Augusta back in April.

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