CHASKA, Minn. – The Europeans have been battling boisterous American fans through the first two days of the Ryder Cup and aren’t expecting much to change in Sunday’s singles.
With play beginning Saturday morning, Ryder Cup officials made an announcement asking fans at the first tee to be “respectful” of players from both teams, but, of course, there were some issues.
Rory McIlroy had a fan ejected for a foul taunt during Saturday’s afternoon fourballs.
In Friday’s play, a fan heckling Sergio Garcia was removed.
Danny Willett may have endured the worst of it all this week. Hecklers have taunted him over insults his brother leveled at American golf fans in an article he wrote that went viral.
European captain Darren Clarke was asked about the challenges.
“Yeah, you know, it's disappointing,” he said. “But I think you have 99.99 percent of the crowd out there that are wonderfully respectful. They are patriotic, yes, but they are wonderfully respectful.
“You're always going to have one or two idiots that say the wrong thing at the wrong time, and, unfortunately, that's happened. But, overall, the fans have been absolutely superb to us. And it's unfortunate, you're just going to run into people like that now and again that say the wrong thing at the wrong time and the wrong place.”
Clarke also was asked about how much it’s affecting McIlroy.
“Well, I think if you take a look at how Rory has performed, I doubt it's bothered him,” Clarke said. “It’s actually inspired him. He's played fantastic this week.”