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Ryder Cup: Willett says fans' behaviour proved his brother right

By Robert Jones

Published 04/10/2016

Poor show: Danny Willett was unhappy with his performance
Poor show: Danny Willett was unhappy with his performance

Masters champion Danny Willett has claimed his brother Peter's controversial comments about American fans were right following a dismal Ryder Cup debut.

Peter Willett wrote an article in National Club Golfer magazine before the event which described American fans as a "baying mob of imbeciles", "cretins" and "dim Yanks". Danny Willett said before the start of play that it was "a bad article written at a bad time". Willett played poorly as Europe slipped to a 17-11 defeat which was marred by heckling from sections of the American support towards members of the European team.

"Very strange week here at the Ryder Cup.. Tried my best but played poorly," Danny Willett wrote on Twitter.

"Unfortunately some american fans showed that @P_J_Willett was in fact correct..

"Nothing to blame my bad play on.. But still shows that sometimes fans don't know when to call it a day.. Shame really!!"

Willett did not feature in the Friday morning foursomes and was hammered 5&4 by Brooks Koepka in Sunday's singles. He was also beaten in the Friday fourballs by Koepka and Brandt Snedeker alongside Martin Kaymer, while he and Lee Westwood lost by one hole to JB Holmes and Ryan Moore in Saturday's fourballs.

Willett also retweeted a post showing a video extract from his press conference.

Asked to describe his first Ryder Cup experience, the Englishman - seen with a can of lager beside him - emphatically responded: "S***."

That prompted laughter and even a high-five before Willett added with a shrug: "I can only be honest. Sorry, would you like me to elaborate? Really s***."

Meanwhile, Justin Rose criticised the course set-up at Hazeltine National feeling bad play was not punished severely enough during the final day's singles. Rose was unable to build a commanding lead in his clash with Rickie Fowler despite the American playing the more wayward golf. Fowler eventually won the contest by one hole, pushing the United States towards their 17-11 victory.

Rose said: "I think if we were all to be honest about it, I thought the set-up was incredibly weak. I thought it was very much a pro-am feel in terms of the pin placements. They were all middle of the green.

"I don't quite understand that to be honest with you - we are world-class players here and we want to showcase our skills. We want to be tested. With a match on the line, you want a player to step up a little bit more than they have to."

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