Some sections of the Hazeltine crowd were criticised for their behaviour during the Ryder Cup.
This clip proves that for the most part, US Ryder Cup fans left the week with an unfair reputation. In close proximity with the “baying mob of imbeciles,” Rory was at ease. He wasn’t surrounded by “obnoxious dads, with their shiny teeth, Lego man hair, medicated ex-wives, and resentful children.” Even “the angry, unwashed, Make Donald Drumpf Again swarm,” didn’t say anything derogatory.
*All extracts from Peter Willett’s controversial letter.
— The McIlroy Legion (@RoryLegion_GC) October 4, 2016
Compare this clip with the viral video of Rory having a fan ejected for telling him to suck a d*** and it shows you how a tiny minority can let a group of fans down.
Heckling crowds are part of the Ryder Cup. It’s what happens when you try and appeal to a broader fanbase. But it’s the job of the crowd to finger-point the idiots. They are the ones who need to foster an environment where you get scorned for saying “suck a d***.” Why? Because it’s not banter, it’s tragically childish and most importantly, unfunny.
Blaming the minority is fine (and fair), but you need to club together and turf out the idiots, not wait for a player to get involved before a group of fans turn agains the culprit – a la Rory McIlroy. It’s called self-contained fan policing.