CHASKA, Minn. – European Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke said Wednesday that an anti-American rant written by Danny Willett’s brother was “very disappointing” and that it does not represent the views of his team.
Peter Willett, whose brother, Danny, is making his Ryder Cup debut this week, said in an article that appeared in National Club Golfer that most American golf fans are “pudgy, basement-dwelling irritants” who are “fat, stupid, greedy, classless bastards.”
Clarke said he first learned of Willett’s story about an hour before he met with the media Wednesday at Hazeltine. He said he approached Danny, who was on the course, and showed him the link.
“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.
“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 about it, because that is not what Team Europe stands for.
“I was obviously disappointed in it, as well, because that’s an outside person expressing their opinion, which is not representative of what our thoughts are.”
Willett is scheduled to speak with the media Thursday afternoon.
Clarke was uncertain whether Peter Willett will be on-site this week at Hazeltine. He was asked whether the inflammatory comments – even if they were satirical – could incite what is an already passionate crowd at an away Ryder Cup.
“The fans could not have been nicer and better to us this week,” Clarke said, “and hopefully that continues. It’s up to Danny to speak to his brother whenever he comes in and express that. I will let him deal with it between siblings.”