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Ryder Cup: Darren Clarke angry after Willett brother's rant

Ryder Cup

By Jim Gracey

Published 29/09/2016

Unimpressed: captain Darren Clarke
Unimpressed: captain Darren Clarke

Darren Clarke was left fuming last night as his meticulous Ryder Cup planning was potentially holed by an insulting broadside against his American rivals from within the European team family group.

Publicly, Clarke expressed disappointment at a US magazine article written by the brother of Masters champion Danny Willett, describing American Ryder Cup fans as a "braying mob of imbeciles."

Privately, European captain Clarke will have been left furious at the boost provided to his American rivals by the gratuitously offensive content of the piece by school teacher Peter Willett in the US National Club Golfer magazine.

In it, American fans are variously described as classless, jelly-faced, pudgy, unwashed irritants.

Asked about the article, Dungannon man Clarke said: "I showed it to Danny and he's bitterly disappointed in his brother's article. It is not what Danny thinks. It is not what I think. It is not what Team Europe stands for.

"Danny was unaware of it and he fully intends to speak to his brother and express his displeasure to his brother about it.

"I was obviously very disappointed in it, as well, because that's an outside person expressing their opinion which is not representative of what our thoughts are."


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