Paul Lawrie was amongst those disappointed by the European fans who booed American players on the first tee at Le Golf National this morning.
The 1999 Open champion – who played in the match in 1999 and 2012 – took to Twitter to voice his disapproval of the unsportsmanlike behaviour that greeted both the arrival and formal introduction of most US players.
Don't like the booing of American players #noneed— Paul Lawrie (@PaulLawriegolf) September 28, 2018
Former BMW PGA champion Simon Khan and English cricket legend Ian Botham were equally unimpressed.
We all want a a European win but if you’re going to watch stop booing American players please— Simon Khan (@simonkhangolf) September 28, 2018
What a magnificent opening to one of the great sporting events the “Ryder Cup” !!— Ian Botham (@BeefyBotham) September 28, 2018
Do we need the childish “Booing” by a section of the crowd on the 1st tee...no we are better than that ...!!
For the most part, other Twitter users seemed to be of the opinion that the booing was out of order.
I don't agree with booing the American team. #RyderCup— VILLA MAD. (@VillaMad3) September 28, 2018
Booing US players' introductions at Ryder Cup opening ceremony is boorish and indefensible. European crowd behaving in the way we criticise US crowds for. Hope rest of event is not soured like this.— Craig Murray (@CraigMurrayOrg) September 27, 2018
Poor from the crowd booing the US players #RyderCup— Tim Lloyd (@Tim_Lloyd1) September 28, 2018
#rydercup No need for the booing on the first tee when USA players are introduced. DISGRACEFUL— Mike Waite (@SpongeWaite) September 28, 2018
Please, no booing. Just cheer for Europe. Embarrassing to hear. #rydercup— Chris Stratford (@CStrattoYPSport) September 28, 2018
However, some people took the opposite view...
This your first time watching Ryder Cup?! Booing is gentle banter if this was in America they would shout while European players hit the ball!! #spanktheyanks— Charlotte Jones (@PrincessChar181) September 28, 2018
I’m all for this booing of the yanks! #RyderCup— Jon Bell (@jonbell84) September 28, 2018
The booing from fans should be at every golf tournament #RyderCup— Kevin (@kevintheriddle) September 28, 2018
The first tee booing - your thoughts
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