The patriotism is always flowing at the Ryder Cup, the golf event where Europe’s best face off with America’s tops every other year. But the citizens of Minnesota definitely just raised the bar. Big time.
Chants of “U-S-A! U-S-A!” are standard fare at the Ryder Cup – but these fans obviously weren’t satisfied with average. No, they decided this weekend was going to be all about the Star-Spangled Banner.
Didn’t matter what was going on – if the mood struck they’d let loose.
Jordan Spieth and teammate Patrick Reed were walking up the fairway during their match when, bam, Francis Scott Key suddenly filled the air:
— Ryder Cup USA (@RyderCupUSA) October 1, 2016
Phil Mickelson and Ricky Fowler were strolling along focusing on their match when, you guessed it, the crowd decided it was high time to let the Euros know what country they were in:
— Brad Galli (@BradGalli) October 1, 2016
And obviously, sunrise — because there’s no better way to get amped up for battle with team Euro than to belt out the Star-Spangled Banner:
Impromptu national anthem with the sun coming up from behind the grandstand pic.twitter.com/sXrj6t3iW3
— Brendan Porath (@BrendanPorath) October 1, 2016
All the players removed their hats in a show of respect, and apparently all that extra patriotism oozing from the crowd worked.
Team USA absolutely clobbered the Euros 17-11, ending a frustrating losing streak that dates back to 2008. It was also only the third time the American squad has won since 1999. Basically, Europe has pretty much owned this competition – but not this week.
Patrick Reed played out of his mind – defeating Euro star Rory McIlroy in an absolutely epic duel for the ages, one upping the superstar at every turn.
Early in the competition, Rory had a little fun trying to silence the rowdy American crowd:
— Mary Mc Intyre (@Mc1988) September 30, 2016
On the front nine Sunday, McIlroy gave it his best shot – but Reed wasn’t having any of it.
— The Cauldron (ICYMI) (@CauldronICYMI) October 2, 2016
That’s obviously a man who has a certain inspiring national anthem stuck in his head.
Fans played such a crucial role this week. Even a heckler managed to completely humiliate team Euro during the practice round.
American fan David Johnson was giving Henrik Stenson, McIlroy and team Euro a good ribbing as they kept missing a 15-foot putt over and over again. Taunting them with calls of “I could make that” team Euro took the bait and brought him out onto the green.
Surely they thought he’d humiliate himself. Talk about your all-time backfires.
— Jeff D Lowe (@JeffDLowe) September 29, 2016
Team Europe never recovered.
In all seriousness, the Ryder Cup is a fantastic event and is filled with moments of great sportsmanship. That said, it’s great to see Team USA finally come out on top – well done!
— Ryder Cup USA (@RyderCupUSA) October 2, 2016