The 43rd Ryder Cup between the U.S. and Europe began Friday, and as usual the fans brought intense passion with outfits to match. American fans flooded Whistling Straits with red, white and blue while the Europeans wore their fair share of blue and yellow to represent the continent's flag.
One fan dressed as former U.S. President Abraham Lincoln while another wore a Brooklyn Dodgers Jackie Robinson uniform, two nods to the tournament's return to America for the first time since 2016. The Americans' win in that Ryder Cup is their only victory in the last five meetings with the Europeans. Another fan eager to show his American pride wore a mask of the bald eagle, the country's national bird.
The American Marshals, a fan group established during the 2008 Ryder Cup at Valhalla Golf Club, wore red-white-and-blue Viking outfits to honor their first tournament's venue. According to the Marshals' website, they've worn American-inspired Viking outfits to each Ryder Cup since 2008.
On the European side, some fans dressed in yellow and blue overalls that looked as if they were plucked straight from a Super Mario game. The Americans countered with stars-and-stripes sweat suits, cowboy hats and temporary tattoos of the American flag on their faces.
Ryder Cup fans have long brought silliness and fun to their outfit planning for the tournament, and the players have begun to do the same. On Thursday Rory McIlroy and his European teammates wore plastic cheeseheads to appease the litany of Wisconsin fans -- most of which, they're assuming, are also Green Bay Packers fans -- at Whistling Straits.
That may be a sound strategy considering just how loud the American fans can get.
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