Yesterday, English golfer Danny Willett’s brother, Pete, published a scathing anti-American rant where he called the United States Ryder Cup fans everything negative he could muster up. While some Brits (both fans and journalists alike) attempted to claim that his column was tongue-in-cheek, Pete took to Twitter to say that he meant every word of the garbage he spewed. Well, he didn’t say it like that, but that’s pretty much what he said.
Danny, on the other hand, is now trying to distance himself from his brother while preparing to tee off in his first ever Ryder Cup. Europe’s captain, Darren Clarke, is also trying to do his best Belichick impression by minimizing the noise, but it seems that these two have offered too little too late.
“It is tough to then concentrate,” Danny Willett said, “because you don’t want people to think badly of yourself.”
The 28-year-old reigning Masters champion tried his best to move on, as difficult as it was, and apologized for the message that came across from his sibling. Willett praised the American fans who “took me under their wing fantastically” at Augusta National Golf Club in April.
“It was tough then to kind of get your head around everything,” Willett said in an interview with Golf Channel. “You kind of wanted to get off the golf course and hopefully get it sorted, you know, like I said to Pete today, as quick as possible and, like I said, hopefully draw a line under it and get back to what we’re doing.
I get it, Danny. You’re on our turf. You’ve got thousands of fans breathing down your neck. Your brother is an unnecessary distraction from what you’re trying to do. That’s difficult on every level, especially given that you’re a rookie with no proven track record on the hostile environment of a Ryder Cup.
But apology not accepted, my man. You’re only as good as the company you keep, and when you know your brother is a loudmouth, you need to do damage control before he spouts off. I know you don’t want people to think badly of you, but ol’ Petey made your bed and now you’re sleeping in it.
When you tee it up and bomb one into the rough, no one’s going to feel bad for you. When you lip out a putt, people will cheer. If you do anything good at all, you’re going to propel yourself to being the new Ian Poulter which is an awful look no matter what. You might as well relish the role as the villain, Danny boy, because it’s not going away anytime soon. I’ve been chirped at enough given my response to your brother yesterday, and it’s only added fuel to the fire.
Good luck this weekend, Danny. You’re going to need it. .
[via Houston Chronicle]
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