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Ryder Cup captains considering tattooing their butt cheeks

SHEBOYGAN, Wis. — Thomas Bjorn, the 2018 European Ryder Cup captain, promised his gamers in the event that they received that week he’d get a tattoo to commemorate the victory. The Euros received, and Bjorn acquired a tattoo on certainly one of his butt cheeks.

Padraig Harrington, this year’s European captain, revealed on Wednesday that his gamers have requested the identical of him, and he stated he would oblige.

“I’m delighted that that’s all they ask for, however I’d have given up much more,’’ Harrington stated. “So sure … if my staff produces a successful week, I might be getting a tattoo to mark the event, and really comfy that they solely requested that a lot of me.

“I feel it’s an unwritten rule, so it has come up, sure, in dialog. Definitely, it’s a given now in Europe. Captain has to get a tattoo. I don’t have some other tattoos at this stage, so it could be a brand new expertise for me. Where on the physique? I don’t know.’’

U.S. captain Steve Stricker was much less definitive than Harrington, however he did say, “We’ve mentioned tattoos in our room.’’

“The drawback is my ladies, my spouse and youngsters, have at all times requested me to get a tattoo and I’m like, ‘I’m not placing any decals on my physique,’ ’’ Stricker stated. “So, I’d should verify with them first, I feel, to see if I may truly get a tattoo from the Ryder Cup.’’

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Stricker stated his “gamers gave me an concept what I may placed on there.’’

“I advised them the place I used to be going to place it. It was going to go proper on my cheek,’’ he stated, pointing to his derriere. “We’ll see what brings about that, however we could have a tattoo artist man are available in on Sunday night time. One method or one other, it could occur.’’


Both captains will announce their respective pairings for Friday morning’s foursomes (alternate shot) throughout Thursday’s opening ceremony. Here are some predictions on the pairings, primarily based on historical past and practice-round groupings:this week

For the U.S., you possibly can nearly financial institution on Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas paired collectively each foursomes and fourballs (greatest ball), and the identical for Patrick Cantlay and Xander Schauffele. Dustin Johnson and Daniel Berger could play foursomes collectively, the identical for Tony Finau and Collin Morikawa.

For the Europeans, it appears to be like like world No. 1 Jon Rahm will pair with rookie Viktor Hovland in each foursomes and fourballs. Rory McIlroy and Ian Poulter will staff up in foursomes, the identical for Tommy Fleetwood and Sergio Garcia. Lee Westwood and fellow Brit Matthew Fitzpatrick appear like they could play each collectively.


The climate the previous two practice-round days has been chilly (highs within the low 60s) and blustery, which has made a number of the European staff really feel fairly at dwelling.

“This could be a seashore day at dwelling,’’ Harrington stated Wednesday.

Shane Lowry, who like Harrington is from Ireland, stated: “I’m fairly proud of the circumstances right here to be sincere. I’m fairly proud of the golf course and that chilly wind. It feels very very similar to a summer season’s day in Ireland if you’re on the market.

“It’s fairly troublesome to play in these circumstances, as a result of it is advisable to get your head round hitting a 6-iron 150 yards versus usually most guys hit their 6-iron over 200 yards. It’s simply little issues like I really feel would possibly assist me this week.’’


Fleetwood is with out the opposite half of his “Moliwood’’ tandem this year. Fleetwood, from England, and Italian Francesco Molinari had been the celebrities of Europe’s 2018 Ryder Cup victory, going 4-0 as companions and incomes that nickname.

With Molinari not on this year’s staff, Fleetwood was requested on Wednesday if he felt “lonely’’ with out his companion.

“No, undoubtedly not lonely with the blokes within the staff that we’ve got,’’ Fleetwood stated. “I feel ‘Moliwood’ was an ideal title. It’s not round this week, but in addition we’ve got an unbelievable staff, and I can’t wait to companion up with whoever that’s going to be.

“I really feel massively privileged to be right here with all people that’s a part of the staff and loving each minute. [Molinari] would have liked to be right here. I converse to him on a regular basis. He’s a large supporter of the staff and he might be this week.’’

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