It’s not often hecklers get called out but that’s exactly what happened in the final practice day for one US fan following Team Europe’s stars, and he conjured up a moment of pure magic.
Rory McIlroy and Andy Sullivan were repeatedly unable to sink a difficult putt on the 6th green during a practice round, and Henrik Stenson noticed a fan hyping up his own short game in the crowd.
So Stenson pulled the heckler, David Johnson, from the gallery and onto the green, where he would have a chance to hole the putt that McIlroy and Sullivan couldn’t. With Justin Rose’s $100 bill next to the ball, the American fan was unflappable under pressure and drained the putt, sparking one of the all-time great celebrations.
“We played a match against Andy and Rory and they had a putt and Andy didn’t make it, and they tried again to get the right line,” said Stenson. “Someone in the crowd yelled I could have made that, so we let him have a go. All credit to him – Rosie put 100 dollars down and the guy drilled it in the centre. He would have been chipping if it didn’t go in, but all credit to him for making it.”
Rose added: “I thought it might make it a bit more real for him, but clearly not. The boys were cupping out, missing it low and this guy just got the ball out and ripped it into the middle. Fair play to him and he celebrated in style.
“It’s fun. We are doing what we should be doing out here- having fun. We are preparing, we are focusing but you have to enjoy it. That’s how you get the most out of it. Even tomorrow you have to enjoy it.”
Rory McIlroy enjoys the footage on his phone afterwards. (Getty Images)