22 Sep 2008

U.S. team says fans paved the way to Ryder Cup success

6:29 pm on 22 September 2008

The victorious United States captain Paul Azinger says the passionate support of the home fans had been the key factor in his team regaining golf's Ryder Cup at the Valhala course in Kentucky.

The Valhalla fans were rowdy throughout as the US ended Europe's recent domination of the tourant with a 16½-11½ win.

Azinger says the crowd energised his players throughout Azinger's verdict on the home fans was not shared by Europe's Lee Westwood, who said the conduct of some of the galleries had been "shameful" and worse than at the infamous Brookline event in 2001.