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Martin Kaymer Says Insults From U.S. Fans Were 'Shocking'

Spinning: Pete Willett vs. America at the 2016 Ryder Cup
Pete Willett, brother of 2016 Masters champion Danny Willett, had some choices descriptors for American fans at the 2016 Ryder Cup.

The Ryder Cup is over, but the talk of the American fans at Hazeltine is not.

This week, the European tour hosts the Dunhill Links, an event that is similar to the Pebble Beach Pro-Am. Several members of the Euro Ryder Cup roster is at the event, and they, of course, were asked about the rowdy red, white and blue faithful from last week.

Martin Kaymer said some of the comments directed at him and his teammates were "a bit shocking sometimes."

“Ninety-five per cent of the crowd were fine," Kaymer said. "But there are just some idiots in the crowd and I just find it amazing that they are standing there with their children in their hands and they say things that you think, ‘That's your child next to you, what role model are you?'"

The 2018 Ryder Cup will be hosted in Paris, and the crowds are expected to swell to more than 60,000. Still, Kaymer says not to expect similar treatment towards the U.S. team.

"It doesn't really happen in Europe," Kaymer said. "Some guys were saying, 'It's the same for us when they come to Europe,' but it's not true. There were names that we got called that you would never, ever put in your mouth in any media or even among your friends. I think you just need to escort those people off the property as quickly as possible and we keep on playing golf."

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