Daly defends rowdy Ryder Cup crowd


Two-time major winner John Daly has defended the rowdy American crowd behaviour that marred the United States' recent Ryder Cup rout of Europe at Hazeltine.

The PGA of America was forced to issue a warning during the match that fans would be removed from the Minnesota course if they directed "vulgar or profane language" at the players, after European star Rory McIlroy was the subject of some particularly personal abuse.

But Daly, the only man to win two majors yet never play in a Ryder Cup, said: "I thought it was great! As long as nobody gets hurt and it's a controlled environment, you should be able to cheer on your team as loud as you want.

"You will always have rowdyism and name-calling no matter what; that's what security is for. The louder the better! It's all about team spirit isn't it?!"

The former US PGA and Open champion praised the American team for halting Europe's three-match winning run and recording their first win in the biennial competition since 2008.

He said of the 17-11 triumph: "They just all played some incredible golf. They outputted the Europeans."

Daly has largely put the regular PGA Tour behind him now and is nearing the end of his first season on the seniors' Champions Tour.

"It's been very laid-back," said the Arizona-based 50-year-old. "I'm getting to know the golf courses on the Tour. Some suit my game and some don't. They are a lot shorter, so I rely a lot more on my short game. Overall, it's been fun!"

Daly is expecting more fun when he again lines up at the Mission Hills World Celebrity Pro-Am on China's Hainan Island on October 20-23.

"I'm very excited to come back to play again," said the Californian, who also featured in 2014. "I had a blast last time and I'm looking forward to it again.

"Mission Hills has grown the game of golf in China tremendously because of the great teachers and facility."

Daly is particularly looking forward to meeting up again with 7 feet 6 inch Chinese basketball giant Yao Ming.

"Yes, it's a tall order, but someone has to do it," he joked. "There's only one difference between me and Yao...there are no lay-ups in golf!"