Watch: Rory McIlroy has fan thrown out of the Ryder Cup after heckler tells him to 'suck a d***'
Published 01/10/2016 | 22:02
The fiery atmosphere at the Ryder Cup is continuing tonight, with Rory McIlroy in particular getting plenty of abuse from the galleries.
The Northern Irishman has been in scintillating form for Europe, winning two of his three matches thus far and on course for a third win. However, despite his excellent on course play, he hasn't been getting much respect from some sections of the crowd.
Between the seventh and eighth holes, a fan yelled at McIlroy to 'suck a d***' and made references to his separation with Caroline Wozniaki.
McIlroy then confronted the heckler and after pointing him out to a course marshal, the fan was removed.
McIlroy has been feeding off the crowd's vitriol during the Ryder Cup, and at the moment it is inspiring him to produce some amazing golf.
"Someone just said a few derogatory things I thought were over the line," McIlroy said after a third straight win alongside 24-year-old wild card Pieters. "I tried to get him removed. I'm not sure if he was removed or not but these things happen.
Rory McIlroy confronts fan, says to remove him. No physical contact. Marshal tells me fan to be removed immediately. pic.twitter.com/namR3844jX— Christine Brennan (@cbrennansports) October 1, 2016
More nasty stuff out there Fri/Sat than any Ryder Cup I've covered since Sunday at Brookline. That's not good. pic.twitter.com/i7lMR6R10q— Christine Brennan (@cbrennansports) October 1, 2016
"It is golf at the end of the day. You try to keep your utmost for who you are playing and for who you are supporting. That particular guy, who is obviously in a very, very, very small minority, just took it a bit too far.
"It's a tough environment but we expect that. You have to keep your concentration out there and it's been a long day and sometimes emotions run high.
"It fuelled me a lot. The more they shouted, the better we played, so I hope they shout at us all day tomorrow."
European vice-captain Ian Poulter wrote on Twitter: "The US players are policing the fans as they are embarrassed of there (sic) behavior. Shame some spoiling this..."