Sunday 21 April 2019

'We posted it on our WhatsApp page' - How American t-shirt helped inspire Europe to Ryder Cup glory

Team USA's Justin Thomas celebrates during the Singles
Team USA's Justin Thomas celebrates during the Singles

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The fall out from America's Ryder Cup shambles continues at pace while in the blue corner, the camaraderie of Thomas Bjorn's Europe is self evident.

As Europe toast a 17.5 to 10.5 victory over their American counterparts, stories of bust ups are emerging.

Patrick Reed claimed Jordan Spieth "did not want to play with him" and now details have emerged of a furious bust up between pals Dustin Johnson and Brooks Koepka with the two reportedly having to be separated in a "nasty" incident.

As if Europe did not have enough in their locker already, Sergio Garcia has revealed how American golden boy Justin Thomas inadvertently played a part in motivating Europe.

It was revealed that an American T-shirt bearing the slogan "Beat Europe" was one of the main motivating tools for the Europe team.

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They set up a WhatsApp group and the image was the banner picture. Sergio García said: "There was a fair bit spoken about the picture in the team room when we saw it, and we decided to post it on our private WhatsApp page as a permanent reminder.

"It was definitely an extra motivation, so what else can I say?"

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