CHASKA, M.N. — Thousands of fans filled Hazeltine National Golf Club on Thursday to watch golfers warm up for the 41st Ryder Cup between the USA and Europe.
What made the day before the Ryder Cup so unique? One fan was given the chance of a lifetime due to his heckling on the sidelines.
Typically, professional athletes do not acknowledge the heckling fans throw at them during their sporting events. But sometimes, enough is enough! That was the case for Henrik Stenson after hearing a fan relentlessly heckle Rory McIlroy and Andy Sullivan after they repeatedly were unable to sink a difficult putt on the 6th green during a practice round.
Stenson decided to have the heckler, David Johnson, put his money where his mouth is when he pulled Johnson from the crowd and onto the green. Justin Rose’s put down a $100 bill next to the ball, challenging Johnson to sink the putt that McIlroy and Sullivan couldn’t.
The moment speaks for itself.
Fan chirping Team Europe at Ryder Cup practice, is asked to put money where his big mouth is, for $100. Amazing. pic.twitter.com/mzlDzu2ASR— Faizal Khamisa (@SNFaizalKhamisa) September 29, 2016