Willett apologises for brother's anti-American rant

Wed Sep 28, 2016 6:22pm EDT
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By Larry Fine

CHASKA, Minnesota (Reuters) - European Ryder Cup player Danny Willett and captain Darren Clarke apologized on Wednesday over a crude rant from the Masters champion's brother about the nature of U.S. crowds he expects this week at Hazeltine.

In an article published on nationalclubgolfer.com, a magazine website, Pete Willett wrote in part: "They need to silence the pudgy, basement-dwelling, irritants, stuffed on cookie dough and pissy beer ...

"They need to smash the obnoxious dads, with their shiny teeth, Lego man hair, medicated ex-wives, and resentful children."

Willett and Clarke emphatically distanced themselves and the team from the diatribe, which was laced with political jabs and swipes using caricatures of Americans.

"I'd just like to apologize obviously to everyone involved for what's been said," Willett said. "It's obviously not the thoughts of myself and of the team and of captain Darren."

Clarke said as soon as he was made aware of the article he sought out Willett, who was practising on the golf course.

"He's bitterly disappointed in his brother's article. It is not what Danny thinks. It is not what I think. It is not what Team Europe stands for," Clarke said.

Willett said he telephoned his brother after being made aware of what was written.   Continued...

Sep 28, 2016; Chaska, MN, USA;  Europe team captain Darren Clarke addresses the media following their practice round for the 41st Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club.   John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports