Ryder Cup: “Some people are idiots, especially when they are under the influence of alcohol. Nobody becomes a genius by drinking, yet that’s exactly what they were doing last week. It was especially loud if you went to the midday matches.”
Shane Lowry has slammed the “idiots” in the Whistling Straits crowd for ruining his Ryder Cup debut.
Lowry stated that the bulk of the home fans in Wisconsin were well-behaved and respectful as they cheered Steve Stricker’s Team USA to a record victory, but there were individuals who hurled insults not just at the Irishman, but also at his wife, Wendy.
The 2019 Open winner said that the mood deteriorated later in the day due to excessive alcohol consumption on a “small proportion” of the supporters in the afternoon sessions throughout the first two days.
“I didn’t think it was that horrible until I asked my wife what it was like for her, and they got abuse coming around as well,” said Lowry, who won his Saturday fourballs match with Tyrrell Hatton over Tony Finau and Harris English with a 12-foot putt on the final green.
“It’s not very nice, and it’s not very nice for them to have to listen to this.” However, this was only a small portion of the audience.
“The majority of the audience – I finished my match on 16 on Sunday and was coming back down to join the other groups when I received a standing ovation from the crowd and in the grandstand on 16, which was quite fantastic. And I believed I did as good as I could with the crowd last week.
“But they are obviously a home audience, and they will be partisan. Some of it isn’t very nice, but that’s simply how it is. Some people are idiots, especially when they are under the influence of alcohol. Nobody becomes a genius by drinking, yet that’s exactly what they were doing last week. It was especially loud if you went to the midday game.
“It was difficult for us, and it was difficult for us as a team, to play our best because you get up and hit a three-iron to 10 feet from 250 yards and you don’t even get a ripple of applause.” It almost gets you booed. It’s difficult, but I tried to deal with it as best I could. I believe I did, and I believe I performed satisfactorily.
“I don’t imagine it’ll be like that in Rome.” We’ll undoubtedly have home support, but perhaps we’ll win in a different way.”
Despite the crowd concerns, Lowry said his maiden Ryder Cup appearance was “one of the best experiences of my life,” while he expressed sorrow for European captain Padraig Harrington following the 19-9 thrashing.
“I thought about it a lot on the way home on Monday, and to be honest, I’m just really disappointed for Paddy,” said Lowry, who was given one of Harrington’s three wildcard picks for the tournament.
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