Ryder Cup 2021 preview
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A Dedicated European fan went on a nightmare journey to get to the Ryder Cup. A Team Europe fan eventually reached Whistling Straits but had to travel via Mexico to cheer on Padraig Harrinton’s men.
The fan spoke to Sky Sports about his marathon journey and how he had originally planned to go to the event last year before it was cancelled due to covid.
“We got tickets a few years ago, planned on coming last year, it got put back to this year,” the fan said.
“Then with travel restrictions getting into the States, we were like, what are we going to do? Are we going to call it off? No, we’ve go to make it happen.
“So we had to go to Mexico for two weeks to be allowed into the States. Once flights and accommodation in Mexico were booked, the UK put Mexico on the red list.
“So we’re not allowed to go home after the tournament because we’ve been to Mexico, so we’ve now got to go from here to Chicago, Chicago to Daytona Beach, spend a week in Florida, and then we are allowed home after the event.”
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The fan thanked his wife at home who will be without him for 28 days.
“I just want to say Jo, my wife, has been so understanding because I’m away for 28 days for a three-day golf tournament!”
When the reporter joked: “you might be arriving home to divorce papers, the fan pleaded: “I hope not. “Please, please forgive me, babe!”
The fan will be hoping his journey is not in vain as Team Europe trails Team USA 6-2.
As predicted, Team USA got off to a strong start on Friday, first by winning three of the four morning matches before two more victories and two ties in the afternoon’s fourball rounds.
Yesterday big-hitter Bryson DeChambeau produced an incredible 417-yard drive at Whistling Straits – and converted it into an eagle on the fifth on the opening day of the Ryder Cup.
The drive on the fifth incredibly left him only 72 yards from the par-five green and 202 yards closer to the pin than playing partner Scheffler.
DeChambeau’s incredible power and distance allowed him to hit over the water hazard and long grass and reach the fairway on the far side, while Scheffler had opted for the safe option of playing around the pond.
The 28-year-old, who is currently training for the long drive world championship, made the most of his huge effort to sink his eagle putt.
As if that wasn’t enough of a demonstration of his power from the tee box, DeChambeau went over 390 yards again on the 13th hole.
In the Saturday morning foursomes, Jon Rahm, Sergio Garcia, Tyrrell Hatton, Paul Casey, Lee Westwood, Matt Fitzpatrick and rookies Viktor Hovland and Bernd Wiesberger will represent team Europe, while USA captain Steve Stricker named the eight players to take to the field on Saturday.
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