Now this is what the Ryder Cup needed: a little old-fashioned name-calling. Except Europe’s captain Darren Clarke isn’t having any of it.
On Wednesday, Danny Willett’s brother penned a satirical article for the National Club Golfer where he absolutely went in on the U.S. players and fans.
A small sampling: “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. They need to silence the pudgy, basement-dwelling, irritants, stuffed on cookie dough and pissy beer, pausing between mouthfuls of hotdog so they can scream ‘Baba booey’ until their jelly faces turn red. If these things happen, Europe will win, and I’ll try to support gracefully by embracing the same sense of fair-mindedness that has permeated this unbiased article. If not, the Americans will claim their second victory this century… those fat, stupid, greedy, classless, bastards.”
At a press conference later that morning, Clarke said the team, nor Danny himself, condoned the article.
“I just was made aware of the article about an hour ago,” Clarke said. “I haven’t seen it. As soon as I did, I went out to find Danny. I showed it to Danny. And he’s bitterly disappointed in his brother’s article. It is not what Danny thinks. It is not what I think. It is not what Team Europe stands for. So Danny was unaware of it, and he fully intends to speak to his brother whenever he comes in and tell him, express his displeasure to his brother about it, because that is not what Team Europe stands for. I was obviously very disappointed in it, as well, because that’s an outside person expressing their opinion which is not representative of what our thoughts are.”
One thing to look forward to: the reception Danny receives when he walks onto the first tee on Friday for his first match. We’re guessing he will hear from a few of those fans his brother deemed “pudgy, basement-dwelling, irritants.”