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Shane Lowry has opened up about the abuse his wife endured at the Ryder Cup, taking aim at the "drunken idiots" in the crowd at Whistling Straits.
The European team were crushed 19-9 by the United States in the prestigious event - a record margin in the Ryder Cup between the two teams.
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Irish star Lowry collected a point in a memorable four-ball win with Tyrrell Hatton on Saturday.
Speaking after the event, the Irishman explained that the majority of the Wisconsin crowd were welcoming and courteous as Steve Stricker's side marched towards regaining the trophy.
However the 2019 British Open champion revealed a "small percentage" of fans across the first two days, especially in the afternoon sessions where he suggested alcohol had taken its toll, had overstepped the mark.
"I didn't think it was that bad until I asked my wife what it was like for her, and they got abuse coming around as well," Lowry told reporters ahead of the Links Championship at St Andrew's, Scotland.
"So it's not very nice is it? And it's not very nice for them to have to listen to this. But that was a small percentage of the crowd.
"I finished my match on 16 on Sunday and I was walking back down to follow the other groups and I got a huge ovation off the crowd and in the grandstand on 16, that was pretty cool.
"And I thought I got on well with the crowd last week as best I could.
"But they are obviously a home crowd and they are going to be a partisan crowd. Some of the stuff is not very nice, but that's just the way it is.
"Some people are idiots, especially when they drink.
"Nobody turns into a genius drinking, and that's what they were doing last week. Especially if you were out in the afternoon matches, it was loud."
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Lowry was a captain's pick by Padraig Harrington, and his performance in the four-balls sparked faint hope of a 'Miracle at Medinah' inspired comeback.
However, Patrick Cantlay dispatched Lowry 4-and-2 in the singles matches to leave Harrington's men staring at a thrashing.
Nevertheless Lowry said of the event: "It was amazing. It was one of the best experiences of my life.
"I don't care what I do for the next two years now as long as I'm back in Rome to try to take the trophy back off them."
Before the Ryder Cup, Sergio Garcia's wife Angela Akins had vowed to call out fans who were abusive after copping similar treatment at the event in 2018.
"I understand cheering for your team but let's leave the insults out," she said in an interview with CNN.
“It went too far at Hazeltine when I was following Sergio, and I ended up having a go at a group of guys who were barracking him.
"I said to them: 'I'm here supporting the European team, I'm an American, and you're embarrassing me'.
"The people around us joined in and said: 'Yeah, you're embarrassing us too!' So I said to the guys I want to see American fans being better than that."
Fans labelled Lowry's revelation "disgusting" and "shameful" on social media.
Really shameful - and Unfortunately this is ‘the American way’ 🤯
— Tore Husmo (@HusmoTore) September 29, 2021
The Ryder cup is in my opinion a disgrace 🤷♂️ golf was built on etiquette , and neither players or fans show any for 1week in 2yrs
— Thomas (@Thomas00882276) September 29, 2021
Terrible to hear (even kf you turn of the Mics ) and to see !!! More respect from Players @RyderCupEurope @RyderCupUSA and their amazing performance ! ...and I wd love to see that on 🇪🇺soil FANS Show how to do it well !!!! @ShaneLowryGolf 😔👊👊👊
— ProViewGolf.com (@ProViewGolf) September 29, 2021
— Gary Burnett (@GaryWBurnett) September 29, 2021
Agreed! Sorry to read about a few drunken louts - not good for you, you wife and the rest of your mates. Best of luck the rest of the year
— BobbyL_AZ_2020 (@AzBobbyl) September 29, 2021
The worst golf crowd I have ever witnessed.
— Gareth Wyn Hughes (@garethwynhughes) September 29, 2021
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