Danny Willett says US fans targeted his wife and parents with taunts at the Ryder Cup

"It put a little bit of a downer on what was supposed to be my first really good experience of the Ryder Cup"

BY Raf Diallo 17:41 Wednesday 5 October 2016, 17:41 5 Oct 2016

Europe's Danny Willett speaks to the media during a practice session ahead of the 41st Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota, USA. Picture by: Peter Byrne / PA Wire/Press Association Images

Danny Willett says his wife and parents were on the end of some verbals from some of the US crowd at the Ryder Cup.

The Masters 2016 champion had become a lightning rod for scrutiny before the tournament as the Team Europe player's brother Pete wrote a piece which had a go at golf fans from the United States.

Initially, Willett distanced himself from those written words, although he changed his mind after a debut Ryder Cup experience he described with a four-letter word.

However, speaking to Sky Sports, he said that his family were taunted by fans at Hazeltine, although the Englishman emphasised that it was very much a minority of onlookers who engaged in such behaviour.

"I think that people realise that what was said was reflecting on a massively tiny portion of people that went there and that's just how it is unfortunately," he said.

"When you are walking around a golf event week to week, everyone is fantastic. You pitch up and play a golf event anywhere in the world and the fans are great.

"I don't think you should be walking around playing golf while people are saying things to your parents and saying things to your wife. I don't think that's our sport - that's not what we play for and that's not what we do and unfortunately that happened and it put a little bit of a downer on what was supposed to be my first really good experience of the Ryder Cup."

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