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.”
What inspired such acid tongue venom and possessed a person to launch such a stinging volley of verbal vitriol you might well ask?
Well if one man knows, it’s British Ryder Cup star Danny Willett, because it was his brother Pete Willett who felt the urge to put pen to paper and compose an article in National Club Golfer which lays into golfing fans stateside like ten tons of swinging iron.
Under the headline, “I ain’t partisan, he’s my brother,” the Vicar’s son and 36-year-old drama teacher begins by declaring his love for the Ryder Cup.
“It is three days of relentless distraction from the usual toil of planning lessons, marking work, and weeping silently.”
From there on in, Pete pulls no punches as he launches a relentless tirade against Team USA and the “baying mob of imbeciles” who support them. Explaining that it is the crowd who always have the biggest impact on the eventual outcome.
“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.”
Willett then implores his brother and the rest of Team Europe to “shut those groupies up.”
“They need to silence the pudgy, basement-dwelling, irritants, stuffed on cookie dough and weak beer, pausing between mouthfuls of hotdog so they can scream ‘Baba booey’ until their jelly faces turn red.
“They need to smash the obnoxious dads, with their shiny teeth, Lego man hair, medicated ex-wives, and resentful children. Squeezed into their cargo shorts and boating shoes,
“Team Europe need to silence these cretins quickly.”
It’s fighting talk. Especially because we’re talking about what in the public’s eyes is seen as a gentleman’s game.
Yet what’s worse is, petulant Pete’s little outburst has put brother Danny firmly in the spotlight and vulnerable to any heckling from furious Team USA fans at the forthcoming Ryder Cup which begins this Friday at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Minnesota
Hazeltine is renowned for its famously hostile American crowds, and Danny Willett, who won the Masters in April, will now have his work cut out, because thanks to brother Pete, he’s now considered the “most hated golfer in the U.S.”
Team Europe Captain Darren Clarke was made aware of the article on Wednesday and said, “I spoke to Danny about it. I showed it to Danny.
“He’s bitterly disappointed in his brother’s article.
“It [the content of the piece] is not what Danny thinks. It is not what I think. It is not what Team Europe stands for.
“Danny was unaware of it, and he fully intends to speak to his brother and tell him, express his displeasure to his brother about it, because that is not what Team Europe stands for.
“The fans could not have been nicer and better to us this week, and hopefully that continues. The article was beyond our control, and Danny is bitterly disappointed himself.”
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. I was obviously disappointed in what was said and what was written about the American fans that obviously took me under their wing fantastically back in April.”
Love explained, “If I read it, I’m just going to get mad and defensive. So I’ll just try to ignore it.”
Despite the controversy and receiving a barrage of abusive messages online from angry Ryder Cup fans, Peter remains unrepentant and tweeted his defiance.
Maybe it’s time for celebrity golf fan Donald Trump to pick up his club and go to war for the honor of American golf fans everywhere.
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