The way these fans are watching the Ryder Cup is absolute genius

Ryder Cup Fans

The Ryder Cup offers an entirely different spectator viewing experience to the Open.

While a similar number of fans attend per day at each event, on Friday and Saturday at the Ryder Cup there are only four matches out on the course at any one time.

This means actually viewing the action when crowds are ten to 15 deep can be tough.

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But a group of Ryder Cup fans have come up with an genius invention, meaning that they rarely miss a single moment of the action. It’s a homemade periscope.

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Made from blue corrugated plastic with two mirrors inside and topped, of course, with European flags, the group of friends from England – Mike, Phil, Minesh, Atul and Kenny – have actually used the periscope for years.

“None of us are really the tallest around, are we?” laughs Mike, who has spent the last two weeks in his garage creating the 2018 incarnation.

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“Two of us have been going to every Ryder Cup since 1997 and we got used to standing behind fans - but we needed a way of trying to look over the top everybody. That's when this came about."

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Because they're made from corrugated plastic, they get damaged fairly easily, so the 2018 models are actually the 'fourth generation' of their creation.

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“I wouldn’t say we’re happy when we're at the back of the crowd but, with these, we can easily float around from hole to hole and don’t have to camp at the front of the rope for ages and not see much of the action."

As we said, genius!

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