Who says patriotism is dead? Not the fans watching the action at the 39th Ryder Cup this weekend. And these are loyal fans.
Cries of “USA, USA” and “Go Europe” were common fan calls during the first and second days of action at the Ryder Cup at the Medinah Country Club in Illinois. Crowd participation should increase even more on Sunday for the final round of play.
However, what some diehard fans are wearing this weekend may be more interesting than the shout outs – and Halloween is still a month away.
For the United States, it is all about red, white and blue, and donning the stars and stripes in the fan galleries.
While some golf aficionados are waving versions of Old Glory, others are going all out by draping the American flag around their shoulders as they watch the action on the course.
Numerous Uncle Sam costumes have already been spotted this weekend – complete with striped pants, blue jacket and stovepipe hats. However, the gray beards may be a little much. Even fans with historical wigs, dressed as such historical figures as George Washington, Benjamin Franklin and Abraham Lincoln, made an appearance at several holes on Saturday.
Fans are not being overlooked on the European side. Popular attire this weekend for European fans include matador costumes, shamrocks, flags from overseas countries and colorful hats. Face paint is a big hit for these large galleries as well.
The fun and focus on golf should be intensified tomorrow as the Ryder Cup golfers show off their pride, honor and talent.