Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 18 April 2015

US fans’ sour note ruins golf

After spending the weekend glued to my television watching the Ryder Cup I offer congratulations to Northern Ireland’s Graeme McDowell on a wonderful debut which would have been all the sweeter had they retained this prestigious golfing trophy.

However, the disappointing thing which stood out was the bad sportsmanship of the American supporters at Valhalla Golf Club. This poor behaviour included mocking shots that went wrong for the European players and jeering as they walked between shots. I strongly suspect when the Ryder Cup is played in Wales in 2010 we will not experience the same hostility directed at the US players.

The European team should be praised for their character and resolve in the face of such adversity from the American golf supporters. A victory in the face of such adversity was deserved and the next Ryder Cup match in Wales will be all the sweeter when this is achieved in 2010.

Adam D Newton


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