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Johnson, putting in his loafers.

The Golf Channel screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET

This weekend sees the bi-annual staging of the Ryder Cup.

This is a competition where the America’s best golfers play Europe’s best golfers and America’s golfers usually fall out with each other.

Europe has won eight of the last 10 Ryder Cups. American golfers aren’t too good at that team thing.

Still, on Thursday players were practicing their swings and strokes on the 8th green when the European team suffered a heckler.

American hecklers tend to be loud and repetitive. They also tend to be self-confident.

So when British golfer Andy Sullivan repeatedly missed a 12-foot putt on the green, heckler David Johnson gave him heck.

The response of one of Sullivan’s playing partners, Henrik Stenson? You come and try it, big mouth.

As Stenson told the Golf Channel: “We let him have a go.” Major champion Rory McIlroy was also there to witness proceedings.

Europe’s Justin Rose laid down a $100 note as an additional incentive. Or, rather, additional pressure.

So Johnson waddled his way onto the green in his loafers, was offered a putter and steadied himself. He actually complained that the putter was too short.

I won’t tell you what happened next. Oh, alright, I will. Johnson sank the putt.

If it had missed the hole, it might have ended up off the green, but he certainly knows how to celebrate. And the European players enjoyed the moment.

McIlroy himself posted the feat on Twitter. Others posted lengthier versions. These have already earned thousands of retweets and likes.

Twitter observers couldn’t help but offer all sorts of pithy commentary.

One that might move came from Tim Barcz: “haven’t seen the Brits so surprised since they lost the revolutionary war.”

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A Ryder Cup heckler becomes a hero on Twitter – CNET