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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.

Former BMW PGA champion Simon Khan and English cricket legend Ian Botham were equally unimpressed. 

For the most part, other Twitter users seemed to be of the opinion that the booing was out of order.

However, some people took the opposite view…

The first tee booing – your thoughts

What do you think about the booing of opposition players at the Ryder Cup: fair enough or not on? Leave your thoughts in our Comments section below.

Further Ryder Cup reading

• How much a day at the 2018 Ryder Cup will cost you

• The most glam photos from the Ryder Cup Gala Dinner

• “Balls of steel” – Craig Connelly recalls Martin Kaymer’s Medinah heroics


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Michael McEwan is the Deputy Editor of bunkered and has been part of the team since 2004. In that time, he has interviewed almost every major figure within the sport, from Jack Nicklaus, to Rory McIlroy, to Donald Trump. The host of the multi award-winning bunkered Podcast and a member of Balfron Golfing Society, Michael is the author of three books and is the 2023 PPA Scotland 'Writer of the Year' and 'Columnist of the Year'. Dislikes white belts, yellow balls and iron headcovers. Likes being drawn out of the media ballot to play Augusta National.

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