Is there anything more American than throwing back a cold one after 18 glorious holes on an autumn Saturday? Not if you ask World No. 6 Justin Thomas and his U.S. teammate Daniel Berger, who, with encouragement from the raucous crowd (equipped with plenty of liquid courage) attending Day 2 of this year’s Ryder Cup festivities in Wisconsin, turned the first hole of Whistling Straits into Power Hour at Sigma Chi, downing brewskies with the best of ‘em.
“Once it hits your lips, it’s so good!” The United States hasn't had much success in this event, falling in seven of its last nine Ryder Cup attempts, but, thanks in no small part to the atmosphere created by their home fans, the Americans have dominated the first two days of competition, leading Europe 9-3 through 12 matches.
Of this year’s participants, only Jordan Spieth, Dustin Johnson and Brooks Koepka were part of the United States squad that won in 2016, defeating Europe by a comfortable 17-11 margin at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Minnesota. Speaking of Spieth, the 28-year-old Texan delivered arguably the shot of the tournament during Friday’s match with Sergio Garcia and reigning U.S. Open champ Jon Rahm (both hail from Spain), wowing with this heroic chip on 17.
Per usual, the Ryder Cup audience has attracted its share of celebrities, including NBA greats Michael Jordan (cigar in hand) and Steph Curry.
Thomas and Berger were happy to oblige when offered free beverages (even world-glass golfers, it would appear, aren’t immune to peer pressure), though the crowd is still working on vice-captain Phil Mickelson, who has yet to crack.
Come on, Phil. Lighten up.