Why Danny Willett May Have Been Better Keeping Quiet Over Brother’s Comments

Why Danny Willett May Have Been Better Keeping Quiet Over Brother’s Comments

Danny Willett will look back on his first Ryder Cup experience with disappointment after taking zero points from three matches.

Despite being ranked number nine in the world and the current owner of the Masters green jacket, he played like he’d failed to hole a putt all year.

His poor showing was just one of a few which ultimately cost Europe the chance to win extend their winning run to four on the bounce and consign USA to two more years chasing a trophy they hadn’t won since 2008.

So to see his first tweets after Europe’s 17-11 defeat concern his brother Peter’s decision to criticise American fans in the build-up to the event may be seen by many as disappointing.

In case you missed his brother’s controversial column for nationalclubgolfer.com, he calls US fans a “baying mob of imbeciles”.

Willett appeared to deal with the backlash of the column by apologising to US fans and told how he spoke to Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III about them too.

But a Ryder Cup with zero points and a loss on, Willett took to Twitter just hours after the US confirmed their victory to have a go of his own at their vocal supporters:

Is that really the reaction Willett should have after playing a big part in Europe’s failure to win the Ryder Cup?

Of the 12 players named in Darren Clarke’s team, only Rory McIlroy and Henrik Stenson have a lower world ranking than Willett.

Of the six rookies named in Darren Clarke’s team, Willett had the most European Tour wins this season and is the only major winner.

Of the six rookies named in Darren Clarke’s team, Willett was the one with the biggest expectations.

But he failed to deliver and his 5&4 defeat to Brooks Koepka – the worst of all singles matches – just underlined how miserable his golf had been over a three-day event which was dominated by US noise and US wins.

Willett had already lost some American supporters with the words of his brother, but his decision to hit out at some of them post-Ryder Cup got rid of more. And that must be seen as the wrong move at a time when he should have been accepting he wasn’t good enough and things can only get better as far as his Ryder Cup record is concerned.

Now the only option he has is to do his talking on the course in a bid to let successful golf improve his popularity.

That starts with the Alfred Dunhill Links at St Andrew’s this weekend, where he’s a brilliant 22/1 to win the tournament.

Willett did his reputation some harm on and off the course with the Ryder Cup and the sooner he can get back to sinking putts the better!


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