Updated: 26/09/2012 09:44 | By pa.press.net

Westwood relishing hostile US crowd



Lee Westwood said abuse he has received at the Ryder Cup has been 'fairly nasty'

Lee Westwood said abuse he has received at the Ryder Cup has been 'fairly nasty'

Lee Westwood has just about seen and heard it all in his Ryder Cup career - including a man dressed as a ghost leaping out in front of him and shouting "Boo" right in his face.

That was the last time he played the match in America four years ago and afterwards the Englishman had some harsh things to say about the Louisville crowd.

"He was the one that got ejected, but he was the one that made me laugh," Westwood said of the ghostly figure. "All of the abuse that I got was fairly nasty and pretty shameful. Some people don't know the difference between supporting their team and abusing the opposition team, which is unfortunate."

Westwood's experiences also go back to the "Battle of Brookline" in 1999, when the heckling of Colin Montgomerie and the premature celebrations on the 17th green marred America's victory.

Now he is in Chicago for his eighth successive cap and wondering, like the rest of the European team, what kind of reception they are in for once the match starts on Friday.

"The crowd will be right into it. Chicago is a great sporting town - they get right behind their teams," said Westwood. "I don't see it being any different. You know you are against the crowd as well as the US team when you play in the States, but that is what makes it more satisfying when you come out as the winners."

Listening to team-mate Luke Donald, a resident of Chicago since his college days, should ease some of the worries aired by 2010 captain Montgomerie before the two teams arrived in the city on Monday afternoon.

Montgomerie said: "Playing in America when they want it (the trophy) back is a difficult place to have to play golf. I do hope everyone realises that and allows the Europeans to play to their potential. Unfortunately, on the Sunday of the Ryder Cup in 1999, that wasn't available to us."

But Donald commented: "It is a major city like Boston, but I feel like the difference I have found when I've been in Chicago opposed to a place like New York is that they are a little bit friendlier bunch of people. We will see what happens. You never know, but hopefully the days of disrespecting the away team are out the window.

"Sure give your team support, but there's no room in this game for being disrespectful. I think it has changed. In '99 there weren't too many of us playing in the US - now three-quarters of us are and we are very well-known. I think that helps."

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Partisan is a very light adjective to use. The American crowd will be shouting at and heckling the Europeans at every opportunity. They will be very very hostile.

It won't help either when one of the American players is running down the fairway like a dcikhead after his Tee-shot pretending to be on a horse.

Be prepared to listen to, "IN THE HOLE" after the yanks drive off on a par 5. DOES MY HEAD IN!!!

Praying that we stuff them in their own backyard.

COME ON EUROPE.

25/09/2012 22:41
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just hope it's as good as it was  last time at the Celtic Manor, Newport.
25/09/2012 16:33
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"Sure give your team support, but there's no room in this game for being disrespectful. I think it has changed. In '99 there weren't too many of us playing in the US - now three-quarters of us are and we are very well-known. I think that helps."

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