The Ryder Cup is one of the greatest events in sports, and moments like Thursday are the reason why. Unlike at many golf tournaments where fans are expected to remain as immobile as foliage, the Ryder Cup crowds are loud, brash, loud, arrogant, loud, jingoistic, and loud.
Europe’s Rory McIlroy, who’s been through a few of these Ryders before, was struggling on one of the Hazeltine greens, missing a putt six straight times. A fan in the crowd shouted that he could make the putt, and so McIlroy’s teammate Henrik Stenson upped the ante, pulling the fan from the gallery. Justin Rose laid down a crisp $100 bill next to the ball, which lay about 12 feet from the cup.
The fan, a guy by the name of Dave Johnson from North Dakota, settled into his stance, looked over the putt, let it roll, and … USA USA USA USA!
The Ryder Cup begins Friday. This is going to be fun.
Jay Busbee is a writer for Yahoo Sports and the author of EARNHARDT NATION, on sale now at Amazon or wherever books are sold. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or find him on Twitter or on Facebook.