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Golf fan’s incredible journey to support Team Europe at Ryder Cup

One Team Europe supporter told of his 28-day round trip to spend three days cheering on Padraig Harrington’s side in Wisconsin at the Ryder Cup this weekend

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Coronavirus travel restrictions mean Team Europe have even fewer supporters in the crowd than they might otherwise have been able to count on to cheer them on at the Ryder Cup this weekend.

But that didn’t stop a very small minority of European fans making their way to Wisconsin to make sure Padraig Harrington’s men could hear a few friendly voices amongst the sea of American supporters at Whistling Straits.

While many of those cheering on the visitors this weekend will be US-based, some have spent a lot of time and cash getting around restrictions to make sure they were able to get past border control in time for the start of the tournament.

One fan explained his journey to Sky Sports, describing how his plans had been changed dramatically by an unexpected shift in the UK government’s travel list.

“So we got tickets a few years ago, planned on coming last year, got put back to this year,” he said.



This European fan has endured a remarkable trip to cheer on Padraig Harrington’s men at the Ryder Cup
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“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 got 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 now we’ve got to go from here to Chicago, Chicago to Daytona Beach, spend a week in Florida and then we’re allowed home after the event.”









For anyone to be able to make such a pilgrimage, they must be able to count on the support of an extremely patient spouse.

The fan admitted as much, and gave a shout-out to his wife – perhaps in the hope it would help him stay out of trouble when he gets home.

“I just want to say Jo, my wife, has been so understanding,” he admitted.

“Because I’m away for 28 days for a three-day golf tournament.”

“You might be arriving home to divorce papers,” joked the interviewer, before the fan replied: “I hope not.”



Jon Rahm and Sergio Garcia gave Team Europe their first point, but the Americans dominated the Friday morning foursomes overall
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“Please, please forgive me babe,” he added.

Things didn’t go his way in the Friday morning foursomes, as Team USA put themselves in the driving seat.

Spanish pair Jon Rahm and Sergio Garcia were able to recover from an early setback in the first match to record a comfortable victory over Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas.

But Team Europe’s lead was short-lived, as Dustin Johnson and Collin Morikawa wrapped up a win over Paul Casey and Viktor Hovland with two holes still to play.

And the Americans were in control of the other two foursomes, with the most dominant performance coming from Patrick Cantlay and Xander Schauffele who blew Rory McIlroy and Ian Poulter away by going five up after the first five holes in the anchor match.

Team USA take a 3-1 lead heading into Friday’s fourballs session at Whistling Straits.


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