Trash talking someone is quite easy. Living up to that trash talk, however, is not as effortless as it may seem.
The world on Thursday witnessed a vocal heckler turn into a sports hero after he managed to achieve what professionals before him had failed to do.
During the Ryder Cup practice at Hazeltine National in Chaska, Minnesota, four of the top players on Team Europe invited an American fan from North Dakota, David Johnson, to make a difficult 12-foot shot that their teammates, Rory McIlroy and Andy Sullivan, had repeatedly failed to make.
Swedish golfer Henrik Stenson pulled Johnson down from the gallery after he shouted he could easily drain the putt. As pro golfer Justin Rose pulled out a fresh $100 bill and placed it next to the hole, Stenson handed Johnson a putter and watched with amused expressions as the man, dressed in a bright red pullover and faded blue jeans, considered his angles and putting stance.
This is what happened next.
He sunk the ball with one firm tap.
“I razzed them a little bit and they heard me, which was insane,” Johnson told the crowd. “I was going to make it, I knew that.”
But how did an amateur fan manage to do what pro golfers couldn’t?
“I closed my eyes, swallowed my puke and hit the putt,” the heckler explained. “It happened to go in.”
At the end of the game, all the golfers signed golf balls for Johnson and handed him the signed $100 bill.
Watch the fan’s complete interview below: