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PGA asks Ryder Cup crowd to be respectful

AAP logoAAP 2/10/2016 Phil Casey

Ryder Cup golf officials have vowed to remove fans from the course if their behaviour disrupts the final day's play at Hazeltine National.

World No.3 Rory McIlroy bore the brunt of the heckling over the first two days of competition.

He ultimately had to ask for one man to be removed after hurling abuse at him during Saturday's afternoon fourballs, but most of the European team suffered at some point from shouts from the gallery.

American players and vice-captains have attempted to maintain order during matches and messages were posted on scoreboards on the first tee asking spectators to report unruly behaviour to officials.

A statement released by the PGA of America on Sunday read: "This week we've seen some of the largest and most exciting Ryder Cup crowds ever.

"Minnesota is home to some of the best sports fans in the country and we are so grateful for their enthusiastic support and warm hospitality.

"Rooted in the ideals of sportsmanship and international goodwill, the Ryder Cup is about having a spirited passion for not only the victory, but for the game of golf.

"We are encouraging all spectators on Sunday (Monday AEST) to be passionate and support their team in a way that is respectful to those around them, the players, and the Ryder Cup.

"Our security staff will continue to enforce a zero tolerance policy, removing from the course any fans who are disruptive in any way, including the use of vulgar or profane language directed at the players.

"We look forward to a strong finish today that reflects the spirit of the Ryder Cup and provides a positive experience for all."

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