09/22 10:22 CDT The Latest: Europeans turn into Packers fans at Ryder Cup
The Latest: Europeans turn into Packers fans at Ryder Cup
By The Associated Press
SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) --- The Latest on the Ryder Cup, the golf showdown between
the United States and Europe (all times CDT):
What better way for the Europeans to lure fans to their side at the Ryder Cup
than by wearing Green Bay Packers colors and donning Cheesehead hats while
they're in Wisconsin?
Clad in white pullovers with green and yellow striping down the sides, the
European players did all they could to endear themselves to the crowd on the
first tee box Wednesday. After posing for a photo op, the players took off the
foam headwear and threw it into the stands, before heading out for practice
rounds at brisk-and-breezy Whistling Straits.
America's home-course advantage figures to be accentuated this year because of
COVID 19-related travel restrictions that will make it difficult for European
fans to make it to the course, located in the heart of America's dairy country.
European captain Padraig Harrington said team managers had suggested a green
motif for some of the uniforms as a way of honoring his Irish homeland.
Harrington said he wasn't so concerned with that, but he suggested adding some
yellow to the green as a tribute of sorts to the local NFL team.
Certainly couldn't hurt to try to get some Wisconsin folks on his team's side,
Pairings for the opening round will be released Thursday evening, with play
starting with alternate-shot matches Friday morning. Europe holds the cup and
has won nine of the last 12 meetings.
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