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Golf fans unintentionally began singing the national anthem at the Ryder Cup, which the Americans described as “loud and proud”.
“USA fans make sure the national anthem is loud and proud before the first tee shots. Ryder Cup underway in Wisconsin,” Wisconsin local reporter Hannah Hillyard tweeted Friday alongside video of the scene.
The spontaneous singing came just before the first tee shot of the 2021 Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin on Friday, and the video shows hundreds of golf fans playing the anthem.
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Whistling Straits was supposed to hold a biennial event between American and European golfers last year but was put on hold due to the pandemic.
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Golf fans reacted to the incident, which included a viral video playing “Sweet Caroline” and chanting “USA”, and some were seen wearing patriotic attire.
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The United States last hosted the Ryder Cup in 2016 in Minnesota, while this year’s event will continue until Sunday in Wisconsin.
Singing the national anthem and chanting “USA” follows a year of pushback on the anthem at patriotic and sporting events. Major sports league players were seen kneeling during “The Star-Spangled Banner” following the death of George Floyd on Memorial Day 2020 to protest alleged police brutality and racism. This year the form of protest for the Olympics increased, with international sports teams also succumbing to the Games.