Ryder Cup heckler wins $100 off European players by draining putt (vid)
To say this week’s Ryder Cup is going to be a raucous event clearly would be an understatement. No further evidence is needed outside of what occurred Thursday during a practice round by European players.
With throngs of spectators keeping a close eye on the action at Hazeltine in Chaska, Minn., Rory McIlroy missed a 12-foot putt. Someone in the gallery evidently pointed out he could have made the putt. So, either Justin Rose or Henrik Stenson challenged the American fan to prove it, even spicing up the action with putting $100 on it and plopping the bill right next to the ball.
It turns out the heckler in question — who probably would have drawn the ire of Danny Willett’s brother, obviously — was a guy named David Johnson, who hails from nearby North Dakota. He happily accepted the challenge.
After complaining about the size of the putter, Johnson lined up and hammered the putt … right into the bottom of the cup.
Spectator David Johnson from North Dakota wins $100 from @JustinRose99 after claiming he could make this putt. He did!!! #RyderCup https://t.co/1JWkkDbBV4
— Phil Casey (@pcaseysafc) September 29, 2016
To no surprise, the crowd absolutely erupted.
Fan chirping Team Europe at Ryder Cup practice, is asked to put money where his big mouth is, for $100. Amazing. pic.twitter.com/mzlDzu2ASR
— Faizal Khamisa (@SNFaizalKhamisa) September 29, 2016
McIlroy himself posted video of the amazing scene to Twitter.
Has the @rydercup started already?? pic.twitter.com/s6EImcbnZv
— Rory McIlroy (@McIlroyRory) September 29, 2016
What makes what occurred all the better is how the European players seemed to enjoy it as much as the heavily pro-U.S. crowd. McIlroy even gave Johnson a hug after being shown up by his own heckler. That’s awesome.
Was it mentioned already that the Ryder Cup is going to incredible? If this kind of spectacle can occur during practice rounds, just imagine what it will be like when the real competition begins on Friday. Wow.