Willett apologizes for brother's anti-U.S. rant


CHASKA, Minn. – European Ryder Cup player Danny Willett apologized in a Golf Channel interview late Wednesday afternoon for his brother’s rant against American fans.

Pete Willett, Danny’s brother, first gained social media fame with a series of amusing tweets during Danny’s victory at the Masters in April. Pete created a stir at Hazeltine on Wednesday morning with the release of a story he wrote for National Club Golfer.

“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,” Pete wrote among his insults. He also went on to call American fans “fat, stupid, greedy, classless bastards.”

Danny told Golf Channel’s Steve Burkowski that he met with U.S. captain Davis Love III and apologized.

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“I'd just like to apologize obviously to everyone involved for what's been said,” Danny told Golf Channel. “It's obviously not the thoughts of myself and of the team and of captain Darren [Clarke].  I spoke to [Pete] on the phone after I was made aware of what was said and what has been going on. 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.”

Danny said it did affect him on the course in Wednesday’s practice round. Clarke approached him in the morning to talk about his brother’s article.

“It was obviously going crazy, in the media and stuff,” Willett said. “Yeah, it is tough to then concentrate, because you don't want people to think badly of yourself.

“We're 12 guys out here representing Europe and trying to do the best we can, and, like I said, it's not really affecting what we think or what we say.  Obviously, everyone that plays in this team plays in America most weeks.”