A few more shots have been fired to spice up this week's Ryder Cup, this time coming from a player's relative and directed squarely at the American crowds that will gather at Hazeltine National.
Pete Willett gained notoriety for his emotional live-tweet session while his brother, Danny, rallied to win the Masters earlier this year. Willett earned his first Ryder Cup berth largely on the back of that victory at Augusta National, and with the matches now two days away his brother unleashed on American golf fans in an article 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," Willett wrote. "Team Europe needs to shut these groupies up. They need to silence the pudgy, basement-dwelling, irritants, stuffed on cookie dough and pissy beer, pausing between mouthfuls of hot dog so they can scream 'Baba booey' until their jelly faces turn red."
Pete Willett is a teacher by day, and he added a few other points he feels will guide the Europeans to a fourth straight victory. But the brunt of his commentary remained on the Americans, who he closed the article by calling "fat, stupid, greedy, classless bastards" and who will undoubtedly now shower his brother with something less than praise this week at Hazeltine.
"(The Euros) need to stun the angry, unwashed, Make America Great Again swarm, desperately gripping their concealed-carry compensators and belting out a mini-erection including 'Mashed potato,' hoping to impress their cousin," Willett wrote. "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, they'll bellow, 'Get in the hole' whilst high-fiving all the other members of the Dentists' Big Game Hunt Society. Team Europe need to silence these cretins quickly."
Willett went on to add "I am desperate for a win. Such desperation can lead to puerile outbursts. A more immature mind than mine might resort to petty insults or unflattering generalisations."
If that was meant to insinuate the whole article was tongue in cheek, European captain Darren Clarke and the Masters champion didn't find it funny.
“He’s bitterly disappointed in his brother’s article,” Clarke said. “It is not what Danny thinks. It is not what I think. It is not what Team Europe stands for."