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Danny Willett's brother defends Ryder Cup rant

By Adam Mckendry

Published 13/10/2016

Cup shocker: Danny Willett in Ryder Cup action at Hazeltine
Cup shocker: Danny Willett in Ryder Cup action at Hazeltine
Ulster’s Europe captain Darren Clarke with Lee Westwood
Peter Willett

Danny Willett's brother Peter has defended the article he wrote for National Club Golfer ahead of the Ryder Cup in which he described Americans as "...fat, stupid, greedy, classless, b*****ds".

The article caused major controversy ahead of golf's ultimate spectacle, held from the end of last month at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Minnesota, with both Ulsterman Darren Clarke and Davis Love, the two captains, weighing in on the debate.

Danny Willett, a member of the European team having won the US Masters back in April, received most of the American backlash during the event and didn't bring home a single point for Clarke's side in the three matches he played.

Despite the obvious impact the article had on Danny, schoolteacher Peter - in a column on Tuesday - defended what he originally said.

In the column, Peter stresses several times that what he wrote was nothing more than a joke, constantly making reference to how his work is all satirical and not overly serious.

He also admits that the timing of his article was poor, claiming he didn't expect there to be such a fallout from it so close to the Ryder Cup itself.

However, he does attribute part of the blame to both the British and American media, believing them to be at fault for overexaggerating his remarks.

World No.9 Danny is competing at the British Masters this weekend, as is fellow Englishman Lee Westwood, who has confessed he feels he let down captain Clarke after failing to win a point in the Ryder Cup. Westwood, and fellow former world number one Martin Kaymer, were given wild cards by Clarke as he looked for experience to balance the six rookies in his team at Hazeltine.

However, while Clarke's final choice, Thomas Pieters, justified his selection by winning four points from five matches, Westwood lost all three of his matches and Kaymer's only victory from four games came in Sunday's singles after the result had been decided.

Asked if he felt he had let down his good friend Clarke, Westwood said: "Yeah, a little bit. I was a captain's pick and I would have liked to have performed well for him, but we sat down (afterwards) and chatted about it. He said, 'What could I have done differently?' and I said, 'I thought you did all you could'. The American team did to us what we have been doing to them the last 20 years.

"A lot of people said to me it's a good result for the Ryder Cup and it keeps the interest in it. We had won it three times in a row. Sooner or later they are going to win one and it just happened to be under Darren's watch.

"It's unfortunate and there's not a lot you can do about it, really. They had a strong team and I thought they got the set-up spot on for their team, when you look at it."

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