Ryder Cup fans prove they're world- class, in enthusiasm and creativity

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The gallery at Celtic Manor was nothing if not colorful.
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Published: Tuesday, October 05, 2010 | 4:51 p.m.

The Ryder Cup might take a back seat to the Olympics and World Cup in terms of global popularity. But when it comes to serenading the players, the fans in Wales were the equal of any.

Supplementing the “Ole! Ole! Ole!” chant that has become a staple of European sporting events, fans rocked the grandstands at Celtic Manor nearly every time the Italian brothers Edoardo and Francesco Molinari passed by, singing “There’s only two Molinaris …” to the tune of “Guantanamera.”

When Northern Ireland’s Graeme McDowell passed by during a match against American opponents, the chants became “We’ve got G Mac, you’ve got Big Mac!”

Fans even greeted the fog wafting above the valley where the Twenty Ten Course sits on Monday morning.

“Foggy, foggy, foggy!” one grandstand alongside the first tee chanted.

“Oi, oi, oi!” the other roared back responsively.

The singing also produced one of the most sportsmanlike moments of the final day. Europe’s Martin Kaymer was playing Dustin Johnson in singles when fans launched into “He’s got your major, he’s got your major!” The reference was to Kaymer’s win at the PGA Championship, where Johnson grounded his club in a bunker at the 18th hole and after being penalized, finished one shot out of the playoff in which Kaymer beat Bubba Watson.

Upon hearing it, Kaymer put up his hands calling for the fans to stop. They did.



They are real creative. Creative enough to yell "he got you major" GOT, NOT WON, GIVEN TO Kaymer. PGA Championship was handed to Martin Kaymer on a platter by the PGA of America. It is nice to know that Martin Kaymer is a gentleman and asked the crowd to stop. Dustin Johnson Showed what would have happened if the PGA did not hand it over. DJ's performance speaks for itself.