Justin Thomas and Daniel Berger have come under fire after video footage emerged of the Team USA stars downing beers at the Ryder Cup.
After Steve Stricker’s side had surged into a 9-3 lead following the Saturday foursomes session, the pair headed out to the first tee to party with their frenzied home supporters.
As they conducted the crowd, they were thrown down two cans of beer from the grandstands and had no hesitation in cracking them open.
Thomas went down on one knee to drink his beer then smashed his empty can into the turf before continuing to whip up a frenzy as the fans chanted ‘USA, USA, USA’.
Neither player was involved in the fourball session that followed, but their seemingly arrogant celebrations still prompted a furious reaction from golf fans.
Former Welsh rugby union star Jonathan Davies replied to Morgan, although his message was a blunter one:
They weren’t the only European fans raging, with @MikeBarrow11 saying: “The single most disrespectful thing I ever seen on a golf course.
“‘Europe have virtually no fans there yet your guys celebrate early like that, absolutely appalling behaviour, no class.”
“Classless to Nth degree as with their fans booing ever player for Europe. They’ll get lesson in being sporting in Rome in 2023!”
Not everyone was irked however, with @GeoffCarter1985 asking:
While the celebrations may have been premature, it appears unlikely the pair’s antics will be coming back to haunt them.
In the fourball matches that followed, Team Europe actually enjoyed their best session of the weekend as it finished 2-2 – but it left Team USA with a commanding 11-5 overall lead heading into the Sunday singles.
It means Padraig Harrington’s players will have to make history in order to retain the trophy, with no team having ever overturned a deficit of more than four points on the final day of a Ryder Cup.
Both Thomas and Berger will have the chance to put their money where their mouths, and beers, are in the singles with Thomas out ninth against Tyrrell Hatton, while Berger will play in the anchor match against Matt Fitzpatrick.