Oct 2nd, 2016
Danny Willett: my brother was right
About US fans
Words: John Dean Photography: Getty Images
Peter Willett’s article in National Club Golfer before the Ryder Cup described American fans as a "baying mob of imbeciles", "cretins" and "dim Yanks". Now Danny Willett is backing him up.
PJ Willett’s magazine rant was a reckless spanner to throw into the delicately balanced Ryder Cup preparations, and we think we can safely say he won’t be going round to Darren Clarke’s for dinner any time soon.
DC must still be furious with him. After months of detailed preparations, he had to contend with something completely out of his control, but from someone related to a team member. It was a curve ball and a half.
Danny Willett said at the time that it was "a bad article written at a bad time", but now he seems to be changing his tune, as he has Tweeted:
We are surprised that the brothers are even talking to each other, let alone agreeeing.
It was an incendary bomb of an article to throw into what was already a highly charged atmosphere, and must have been an enormous embarrassement for Danny, both with his team mates, his Captain, and with his American competitors. It was a piece that benefited no one other than the writer, and if he thought that it would have no impact on his brother's performance, then he should think again.
So we are surpised that his brother is now backing him up. But it was a self fulfilling prophesy in any event. PJ Willet's article was a red rage to the American crowd, and they were always going to respond.
It's a pretty sqialid incident, and one that will have a lasting impact on Danny Willett whenever he plays in the USA. American fans have long memories, and this won't be forgotten or forgiven.