Davis Love: US fans may 'quit watching'

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• Davis Love III says US fans may 'quit watching' Ryder Cup
• That's if America don't start winning the biennial match soon
• Love's men looking to avoid a record fourth straight defeat


US captain Davis Love III has said American fans will stop watching the Ryder Cup if the team don’t start winning.

A defeat at Hazeltine would mark history for Team Europe and humiliation for Team USA completing four-in-a-row for the first time and also meaning that Europe will have won seven of the eight matches this century.
"If we keep losing, people are going to quit watching" - Davis Love III

And Love believes that if his US side – who are heavy favourites to turn things around this week – don’t manage to end up winning, some American sports fans will starting turning off to watching the biennial event.

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2016 Ryder Cup - Team Photocalls

“If we keep losing then the American fans are going to say: ‘To heck with that, we’ll go and watch something else,’” Davis Love III told The Guardian. “You know American sports fans; we are bandwagon jumpers.

“We have some cities that are loyal, Chicago to the Cubs, New York to their teams but in general we are a ‘what’s in it for me right now?’ society.

“If we keep losing, people are going to quit watching. You will still have your golf fans but will it continue to grow like the last 20 years? No. We need a win.”

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2016 Ryder Cup - Team Photocalls

Davis Love also said comments he made in public at the weekend about this being ‘the best USA team ever assembled’ were taken out of context – although Jordan Spieth said in his press conference yesterday that Love has told the team that.

“It's just unfortunate that, you know, in that nice conversation, that it got misconstrued."

Davis Love III :: Your thoughts

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