Saturday 10 December 2016

Danny Willett causes Ryder Cup storm by claiming his brother was correct about American fans

Published 03/10/2016 | 08:14

Danny Willett
Danny Willett

Danny Willett faces a Ryder Cup backlash after claiming that his brother Pete was correct in his scathing assessment of the American fans.

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Pete Willett, a teacher, created huge controversy in the build up to the Ryder Cup - which America won 17-11 - when he wrote an article in National Club Golfer that was intended as humorous satire, but which failed miserably.

Willett's article included lines such as: "Team USA have only won five of the last 16 Ryder Cups. Four of those five victories have come on home soil. For the Americans to stand a chance of winning, they need their baying mob of imbeciles to caress their egos every step of the way.

"Europe need to silence the pudgy, basement-dwelling, irritants, stuffed on cookie dough and pissy beer, pausing between mouthfuls of hotdog so they can scream 'Baba booey' until their jelly faces turn red.


"They need to stun the angry, unwashed, Make America Great Again swarm, desperately gripping their concealed-carry compensators and belting out a mini-erection inducing 'mashed potato' hoping to impress their cousin."

The piece was condemned by both the Americans and the Europeans but following Europe's Sunday singles collapse, Willett has stoked the flames by taking to Twitter to claim that his brother was "in fact correct".

"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.. Nothing to blame my bad play on.. But still shows that sometimes fans don't know when to call it a day.. Shame really!!," said Danny.

The boisterous American fans have been widely criticised for their behaviour with Sergio Garcia saying he felt ashamed for his girlfriend because she is American while Rory McIlroy had one fan ejected for yelling: "Go suck a d***".

"It has been quite poor, I am not going to lie," Garcia, playing in his eighth Ryder Cup, told BBC Radio 5 Live.

"It is unfortunate because I think 85 per cent of the people are great and I love playing in America - my girlfriend is American - but that 15 per cent is really bad and it makes them look bad.

"I feel ashamed for my girlfriend because I know how bad she feels when she hears all the things they tell us but it is what it is, simple as that."

Following his own confrontation, McIlroy said: "I think there have been some boundaries crossed. I let it get to me a couple of times which I probably shouldn't have.

"Someone just said a few derogatory things I thought were over the line. I tried to get him removed. I'm not sure if he was removed or not but these things happen.

"You try your utmost for who you are playing and for who you are supporting. That particular guy, who is obviously in a very small minority, just took it a bit too far.

"It's a tough environment for us to come and play in, but you expect that. It's the same for the US guys when they come to play in Europe."

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