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‘Loud and proud’ golf crowd erupts into national anthem, ‘U.S.A’ chants

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As the 2021 Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin kicked off, the packed crowd broke out into a spontaneous rendition of the national anthem and then chanted “USA, USA!!” as Americans were “loud and proud” at the event.

On Friday, just ahead of the first tee shot as the first rays of the sun crossed the field, the crowd epically belted out their love for America.

“USA fans made sure the national anthem was loud and proud before the first tee shots. Ryder Cup in Wisconsin is underway,” local Wisconsin reporter Hannah Hillyard tweeted along with a video of the singing. Nearly 3,000 voices were patriotically lifted up. Many waved tiny stars and stripes flags in the air in what was truly an American start to the proceedings.

Golf fans at the Ryder Cup also sang “Sweet Caroline” in a viral video and others wore differing types of patriotic attire. Some of those outfits were a bit eccentric. There were Uncle Sam, Founding Fathers, and giant American eagles costumes along with Viking hats.

Some in the crowd booed the Europeans when they approached the tee, but they were not loud and it was reportedly more of a gesture than a sentiment.

One European related what it took to get to the event this year, according to the Daily Mail.

Ashley Pearson, who is a 40-year-old recruitment consultant, was determined not to miss the event despite transport being forbidden from the U.K. to the U.S. He concocted a plan that had him staying in Mexico for a fortnight before he traveled to the Ryder Cup.

“We got the tickets three years ago,” he remarked. “In May, June, we still were not allowed in, but my cousin who lives here said you can come in if you come from somewhere outside Europe, like Mexico.”

“I looked at my wife, Jo, and said, ‘The money is going to kill us’ but she said, ‘It’s your 40th, it’s your uncle’s 65th, your cousin’s retirement, it’s the chance of a lifetime. Don’t let anything stop you,'” he recounted.

It almost all fell apart due to non-refundable flights and hotels that were booked as the U.K. took Mexico from amber to red in their warnings. His wife came to the rescue.

“I told her I’ve got to stay in the States for 11 days afterwards to get back to England,” he said. “My cousin’s just moved to the beach in Florida so we’re going down there afterwards. What was meant to be a three-day golf event has turned into 28 days away from my wife and two kids.”

Whistling Straits was set to hold the biennial event between American and European golfers last year but had to delay it due to the pandemic.

The United States last held the Ryder Cup in 2016 in Minnesota. This year’s event is in Wisconsin and will go through Sunday.

The competition pits a dozen American golfers against twelve from Europe. The Europeans won the event last time, but the U.S. is favored to win this time around since they have the home advantage.

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