Europe’s players will wear Ryder Cup roll numbers on kit for first time


  • Pádraig Harrington sends message that players are elite group
  • Lee Westwood: ‘You have a greater chance of going into space’

Europe’s Ryder Cup players have expressed gratitude towards Pádraig Harrington after the captain made a point of emphasising their place in history. Having gathered in Wisconsin on Monday evening, the European team were shown a video, later released to the public, which depicted their role as part of an elite sporting group.

In a move similar to one employed by the England cricket team, the European kit at Whistling Straits will for the first time feature numbers depicting each player’s Ryder Cup roll number. The figure, which reaches only 164 with Bernd Wiesberger, dates back to the Great Britain & Ireland team that took on the United States during the inaugural Ryder Cup in 1927. Harrington pointed out that 570 people have been into space, 5,780 have climbed Mount Everest and 445 have won the men’s World Cup.

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Written by Ewan Murray at Whistling Straits
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