Kohler, Wisconsin – If you want to put yourself on the good side of the Wisconsin people, you can do two things – dress like you’re a Green Bay Packers fan and wear a giant slice of mousse cheese on your head.
The European Ryder Cup team did both on Wednesday by launching a charming offensive at Whistling Straits before facing the hostile crowd in the United States when the biennial event kicks off on Friday.
Dressed in green and yellow striped outfits, the 12-man European team looked set to run to Lambeau Field, home of the NFL Green Bay Packers, as they practiced on the tie layout.
To complete the look, the Europeans donned huge wedges of orange cheese mousse before lining up for a team photo to the delight of onlookers screaming their approval.
“When we were making the clothes they were talking about maybe bringing some Irish colors for me,” said European captain Padraig Harrington. “I’m not really into that stuff, so I wondered why wouldn’t we do something with Wisconsin.
“Obviously the Green Bay Packers are suitable for both the Irish and the Green Bay Packers, and then the cheeseheads came in and had a little fun with it.
“Look, it’s light. You want it that way in practice.
“It’s obviously a little respectful to the Green Bay Packers, and they were totally okay with that, so a little fun and we had a warm welcome with that.
“Obviously, business starts on Friday, but right now the players are enjoying it and having fun.”
Of course, the Europeans do not expect the same welcome at the start of the match.
Returning to U.S. soil for the first time in five years and with COVID-19 travel restrictions in place, the usual army of European fans will be absent from Whistling Straits, leaving Harrington’s 12-man squad to face the challenge. an overloaded atmosphere during the three days of competition.
“The American fans have been brilliant so far, they really have been,” said European pillar Ian Poulter, who will be playing his seventh Ryder Cup. “They wish me good luck. Not too well, but they wish me luck, which is pretty cool.
“It hasn’t always been that way, but so far everything is fine.”
Without their usual crowd support, Tommy Fleetwood said Europeans would lean on each other to create the right atmosphere.
“I think we create it ourselves and we do it together,” Fleetwood said. “Of course it’s a different challenge, a different atmosphere for us.
“Even though it’s not my first Ryder Cup, it’s my first in America. I’m always excited about the challenge and what a crowd brings us on the outside, and maybe the edge the Americans have.
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