Europe's Paul Lawrie and Darren Clarke during the Ryder Cup.
Europe's Paul Lawrie and Darren Clarke during the Ryder Cup. Chris Carlson

Scot not happy with American fans

SCOT Paul Lawrie was not only battling Brandt Snedeker as Europe won the Ryder Cup. He also had to contend with the poor sportsmanship by the American crowd.

Lawrie, the oldest player on either team at 43, beat Snedeker, 5 & 4 on the final day to help Europe win 14 ½ to 13 ½ .

While he was ecstatic about the win, the same cannot be said about what he thought of the behavior of the US fans.

"I didn't get abused, but you get comments like 'Top it! Shank it! You're going to lose.' Stuff like that on every shot you play," Lawrie, who teed off with his victorious teammates Martin Kaymer and Peter Hanson in the Dunhill Links Championship overnight, said. "Jose Maria (Olazabal) made it clear - don't even look at them, don't take them on. Certainly don't react. Don't make on as though it's hurting us. Just hit your shot and walk on.

"It's pretty tough when someone is screaming and blowing in your ear that you're a loser. But there's not much you can do. Which makes it all the more satisfying on Sunday night when you're standing there with the Ryder Cup in front of you and they are not."



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