Sophia Popov Compares "Courteous" Solheim Crowds To Ryder Cup's

Sophia Popov Compares "Courteous" Solheim Crowds To Ryder Cup's

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The rowdy American crowd on Saturday drew criticisms on Twitter, with Sophia Popov appreciating how courteous the Solheim Cup fans were.

Sophia Popov Compares "Courteous" Solheim Crowds To Ryder Cup's

Competing at her first Solheim Cup (opens in new tab) in 2021, Sophia Popov experienced what the team events were all about.

However, watching the Ryder Cup action on Saturday, the German seemed rather grateful about the Solheim Cup, drawing comparisons particularly about the fans.

Taking to Twitter, the former Women's Open Champion said "Hearing some of the comments coming out of the Ryder cup crowd makes me appreciate how courteous crowds at Solheim were!"

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The tweet obviously got support, with Sky Sports commentator, Ewan Murray, responding "How right you are Sophia."

In the run-up to the event at Whistling Straits (opens in new tab), members of both the American and European teams had asked for respect during the event.

But, on the very first day, Europe's team captain, Padriag Harrington, was hit with a chorus of boos, with the first pairing of Sergio Garcia (opens in new tab) and Jon Rahm (opens in new tab) facing the wrath of the American crowd.

Things didn't get much better the next day, with boos and jeers coming in there droves as Europe looked to be staging a mini fightback on Saturday afternoon.

The actions of the fans got so bad that a message on the screen was displayed throughout the course. The message on the screen said: "Any individual or group that verbally abuses, taunts, or shouts insults at the players, caddies, captains officials or their families will be immediately removed from the premises."

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One occasion came with Tyrrell Hatton (opens in new tab), who, playing the 15th, was immediately upset with a fan right of the hole before his approach even landed.

After numerous shouts of "get in the bunker" or "get in the water," people took to Twitter, with some of the responses below:

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Matt Cradock
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Matt joined Golf Monthly in February 2021 covering weekend news, before also transitioning to equipment and testing. After freelancing for Golf Monthly and The PGA for 18 months, he was offered a full-time position at the company in October 2022 and continues to cover weekend news and social media, as well as help look after Golf Monthly’s many buyers’ guides and equipment reviews.


Taking up the game when he was just seven years of age, Matt made it into his county squad just a year later and continues to play the game at a high standard, with a handicap of around 2-4. To date, his best round came in 2016, where he shot a six-under-par 66 having been seven-under through nine holes. He currently plays at Witney Lakes in Oxfordshire and his favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.


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