It’s an uncommon headline, however such is the character of the Ryder Cup.
And Thomas Bjorn’s arse did really play a significant position in Europe’s hammering of the USA in 2018.
The Dane, who captained Europe to their 17½-10½ victory in Paris, made a promise to his gamers earlier than the week started.
Bjorn didn’t make many unhealthy choices that week, however this was actually one: if Europe win, I’ll get a tattoo of the scoreline.
After the beating was confirmed, Rory McIlroy spoke up within the press convention to make sure the pledge could be stored.
Bjorn responded. “Let me put it this fashion, it’s going to go on an element that solely Grace [his partner] will see.
“I may need to ship the gamers an image.”
Ian Poulter, one in every of Bjorn’s victorious European gamers, hailed the added incentive to go and produce the trophy dwelling.
He mentioned: “I don’t know when it’s going to get finished however we had some additional motivation this week to ensure we put our palms again on that trophy.
“As little or massive as these numbers are going to be – they are going to be very fascinating numbers to see.”
Three months handed and plenty of thought Bjorn had chickened out, till Christmas Eve.
The 52-year-old shared a video of his bottom getting inked up with the emphatic scoreline and easily mentioned: “I informed you I’d do it. Merry Christmas.”
Quick ahead 5 years and the Ryder Cup is again on European soil, with Rome taking part in host to the biennial occasion because it begins on Friday.
Nicolai Hojgaard is the youngest participant on the European staff and vice-captain Bjorn has taken the 22-year-old Dane underneath his wing.
Talking earlier this week, Hojgaard mentioned: “Thomas has been nice.
“Him being a vice-captain means quite a bit, it’s a actually cool factor. He has been guiding me a bit all week.
“We get on nice – besides I help Manchester United and he’s a Liverpool fan!
“Will I get a tattoo like him if we win? I most likely will get one someplace hidden on my physique.”
The 2023 Ryder Cup tees off in Rome this Friday and we’ll have full commentary on talkSPORT 2 from 6am
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