Shane Lowry says his wife Wendy was the subject of verbal abuse from the Whistling Straits crowd at the Ryder Cup over the weekend.
The Offaly man played in the Friday and Saturday afternoon fourballs, sinking a putt on the 18th of the latter to seal a point for himself and Tyrrell Hatton. Lowry lost his singles match to Patrick Cantlay on Sunday as Europe suffered a record 19-9 defeat at the Wisconsin course.
"Look, I didn't think it was that bad until I asked my wife what it was like for her, and they got dog’s abuse coming around as well," Lowry said at St Andrews ahead of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.
"It's not very nice is it, and it's not very nice for them to have to listen to this. But that's 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 in the grandstand on 16, that was pretty cool. And I thought I get 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. But some of the stuff is not very nice. But look, 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."
Lowry said that it was difficult having a crowd which offered no applause for European players. He added that he had warned his wife and father Brendan that there was likely to be abuse from the crowd.
"I knew it was going to happen," he said.
"I said it to my wife at the start of the week. And I warned my dad not to get involved with anyone. It’s just the way it is.
"Bethpage in 2025 is going to be horrendous. But it will be a great chance to shut them up. That’s the way I see it. When I’m out there that’s what I’m doing. There is nothing better than holing a 20-footer and turning around to see them all standing there dead silent. It’s amazing."
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