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private mink lashes private1999, the Europeans can go back to what they do best – whining about the manner in which the Americans and their fans behaved themselves in victory. When Justin Leonard, whose last appearance in the Ryder Cup was ’99, holed an improbable 45-foot putt that virtually sealed a mink lashes private mink lashes privatehistoric comeback for the U.S. at the Country Club in Brookline it sparked an impromptu celebration by the American team. Trouble was Jose Maria Olazabal still had a chance to extend the match with a 25-foot putt of his own. The preemptive U.S. victory dance was viewed as unsportsmanlike, unethical and just downright rude by the European players and media mink lashes private mink lashes private.
A columnist for the London Evening Standard went as far as to say of the Americans, “They are repulsive people, charmless, rude, cocky, mercenary, humorless, ugly, full of nauseating fake religiosity, and as odious in victory as they are unsporting in defeat.”
European vice captain Sam Torrance called it, “the most disgusting thing I’ve ever seen.”
I could see that barrage of adjectives being warranted if Tiger Woods had run across the putting surface while burning the flag of Great Britain and exclaiming “Death to the Queen” but a completely spur of the moment scene of jubilation after three days of intense competition? Sounds like the European wineries were a bit short on sour grapes that week.
Fast forward to 2008, and the Europeans can finally move past that most despicable of incidents and graduate to bigger and better things like chastising the Americans’ behavior during this Ryder Cup and coming up with new excuses as to why our rude and crass conduct caused the cosmopolitan gentleman from continental Europe to lose their grip on the cup.
Between his criticism of the crowd and his roundabout denigration of Boo Weekley’s on-course actions during the first day of play, Lee Westwood is the early leader in the clubhouse for No. 1 sore loser on the European squad.
Having already brought attention to himself by openly talking about Weekley’s crowd “whooping” at inappropriate times, Westwood quickly became the villain at Valhalla among the American galleries. He shared his unpleasant experience after his Sunday’s singles match. Westwood used the “Bless His/Her Heart” defense often employed in the South to criticize someone but absolve yourself from any type of guilt or backlash by adding, “Bless His Heart” at the end of a statement.
“All of the abuse that I got was fairly nasty, and that was pretty shameful,” Westwood told the media. “That was only a minority, and the crowds were great (Bless their hearts). I expected them to get behind the American team, which they did, but some people don’t know the difference between supporting their team and abusing the opposition team, which is unfortunate.”
In particular, Westwood singled out a specific instance when one vile American made a nasty reference to his mother.
Now we are lucky Westwood didn’t follow in the footsteps of one of Europe’s great sporting heroes, France’s Zinedine Zidance, who delivered a headbutt to Italian defender Marco Materazzi during the 2006 World Cup Final after Materazzi had allegedly insulted Zidane’s mother and sister.
With the implementation of the Race to Dubai as the European Tour’s version of the FedEx Cup next season and the big pay day it promises, I wouldn’t expect Westwood, who has openly admitted he prefers to play anywhere but the United States, to enter many tournaments beside the Majors and the WGC events. And if he does show up and deicide to play on this side of the pond, I’d suggest investing in a set of ear plugs.
Even if behavior from our citizens has bordered on disrespectful, it’s only in a golf context. Surely European football fans and American football fans have done much worse; I had Philadelphia Eagles season tickets for a number of years and I don’t imagine Mr. Westwood would’ve enjoyed the insults hurled at opposing players or fans during any of the games I attended. Just ask Michael Irvin, Jimmy Johnson, Santa Claus or Ja Rule and Ashanti who, were the recipients of a rather amusing tongue-lashing during their half-time performance of the 2003 NFC Championship game.
Really who is Europe, the continent that gave birth to soccer riots and hooliganism, to make such vitriolic statements about American fan behavior? Clearly, Europe has set the standard for sportsmanship and should be considered the global meter stick (noticed how I went metric) for fan conduct.
The Ryder Cup crosses the pond in 2010 and I hope Weekley and Westwood meet again. Throw in Sergio, Tiger, Phil, Paddy and possibly Monty as the European captain, and the 38th Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor will be the most anticipated in the history of the event.
Brandon Underwood, Golfer’s Guide Online Editor
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