British Ryder Cup Golfer Apologises Over Anti-American Jibes

If you're an American and a Ryder Cup fan, you may want to look away now, unless you want to see yourself described as "fat, stupid, greedy, classless", and a fully paid-up member of a "baying mob of basement-dwelling imbeciles".

The 1999 Ryder Cup in Brookline, dubbed the Battle of Brookline, was marred by poor behaviour from both the American team and fans and resulted in numerous American players apologising for their actions.

USA player Patrick Reed sympathized with Willett by saying it was already water under the bridge as far as he is concerned. "Unfortunately some american fans showed that @P_J_Willett was". But at the end of the day, I'm hoping the fans and people can put that aside and allow the rookies, not only on our side but on their side, to enjoy it and somehow forgive and forget and allow Danny to enjoy the week.

Worksop's Lee Westwood, who retweeted a message from American journalist Stephanie Wei condemning the behaviour of some in the galleries, was beaten in all three of his matches at Hazeltine.

Danny has since apologized to Team USA Captain Davis Love about the article and stressed, "It's obviously not the thoughts of myself and of the team".

He said that he had apologised in person to United States captain Davis Love, adding: "He took it very well and I think he's drawn a line under it for himself and for the team".

"Those are guys that have played a lot of golf together over the years, that have played a lot of practice rounds together", he semi-explained.

Masters champion Danny Willett has defended his brother's pre-Ryder Cup criticism of American supporters. I'm sure Davis could probably tell you who played with who from my team and I could probably tell you who played for him. And, one day later, when Willett entered the media center at Hazeltine National for his scheduled press conference, the second question asked of him got right to the heart of the matter: "Could you give us an idea of how the conversation with your brother went last night?" Same when the US guys come to Europe.

"It's not been too bad with the fans", Willett said after his practice round on Thursday.

"It hasn't affected us in any way". I let it get to me a couple of times which I probably shouldn't have. "There was a few little shouts in there, and bits and bobs, but hopefully they are all following me around so the rest of the lads can do their business", Willett said.

Willett - and his parents Steve and Elisabet who are both in America to watch their son - have received the backing of US team member Patrick Reed, whose antics on the course made him the pantomime villain at Gleneagles two years ago.

  • Julie Sanders