Ryder Cup ceremony soured by boos from anti-Salmond contingent


  The Ryder Cup closing ceremony has been soured after drunken yobs booed as First Minister Alex Salmond handed the trophy to winning captain Paul McGinley.

The competition had witnessed the European Team retain the cup after defeating the USA by 16½ to 11½ at Gleneagles.

An estimated fifty thousand golf fans attended the competition on the final day with tens of millions more watching around the globe.

However the closing ceremony was frequently interrupted by a section of the crowd which peppered proceedings with football style chanting and singing.  USA captain Tom Watson and European captain Paul McGinley both had to endure fans interrupting as they gave their closing speeches.

The behaviour worsened when Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond stepped up to hand the trophy to Mr McGinley.  As Mr Salmond’s name was called, a crescendo of booing emanated from the same section.

The First Minister endured similar treatment two years ago when he attended the closing event at Medinah in order to receive the ceremonial putter on behalf of Scotland.

The booing at Gleneagles has prompted a mixed reaction on social media with many condemning the culprits, some describing the behaviour – at an event broadcast worldwide – as an insult to Scotland.

However some opponents of Mr Salmond have laughed off the crowd’s outburst as a typical reaction to a politician.