STRAIT TALKIN’: Fancy dress is in full flow in the heart of the Midwest!

Spare a thought for the entertainment-seeking backroom staff of Team Europe, who headed into Milwaukee on Wednesday night to watch a baseball game. 

By the time they got there, the hometown Brewers were already down 1-0 to the St Louis Cardinals. 

They then sat through six tedious and scoreless innings during which they questioned the meaning of life, before deciding to leave without seeing a run scored. Following their departure, each side promptly added a run apiece.

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Team Europe’s backroom team had a night to forget watching the local Milwaukee Brewers

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The Americans have been bigging up the ping pong tournaments they have been enjoying at the team hotel, but there is no such forced fun among the Europeans.

Insiders say the atmosphere at their HQ is relaxed and casual, with players heading to the team room for a chat and coffee, if they feel like it.

 

The fashion police would have a field day in the heart of the Midwest. 

A number of punters have been spotted wearing gaudy shirts featuring images of American icons including Mount Rushmore, giant bald eagles and US flags as they seek to get behind their team. 

Fancy dress is already in full flow with a number of punters in shirts of the US flag 

Fancy dress is already in full flow with Abraham Lincoln and Jackie Robinson spotted in the stands. 

Despite the travel ban, there have been an impressive number of European flags here, with US-based ex-pats heading to Wisconsin in surprisingly considerable numbers to do their bit.

 

Ryder Cup bingo has been in full flow at the press conferences, with many players repeating the worn-out cliche about not caring if they do not perform well as long as their team wins. 

Even the otherwise engaging, entertaining Patrick Cantlay was at it. ‘I could go 0-4 this week, and if the team wins it’s a raving success and I’ll be elated,’ he said. 

Even the otherwise engaging, entertaining Patrick Cantlay was playing Ryder Cup bingo 

‘Or I could go 4-0 this week and if the team loses it will be a bad week.’ House!

 

Should members of the public fancy testing their game on the Whistling Straits course, they will have to bring their wallets. 

Bookings can only be made 14 days in advance and the earliest slot available following the tournament’s conclusion — on October 3 — comes in at an eyewatering $555 per player.

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