When award winning journalist Gene Wojciechowski wrote his column about the Ryder Cup for US media giant ESPN on Saturday night, he cannot have imagined it would become so popular across the Atlantic.
However, his piece, penned while America were 10-6 in front, has become a huge hit with European fans who watched their team race back to claim an unlikely victory.
His piece, which you can read in full here, opened with a sarcastic five reasons why Europe could still win the Ryder Cup before saying: 'Never mind. It's over.'
Later Wojciechowski talks about how "If Mrs. Poulter had had quintuplets and they all played golf, then Team Europe might have won this thing. But there's only one Poulter and he can win only once on Sunday."
While later he noted:"If Team Europe leaves with the cup for the seventh time in the past nine competitions -- then you'll hear a roar all the way from Spain, Northern Ireland, England, Scotland, Germany, Sweden, Italy and Belgium. Fathers will name their newborns Ian. Olazabal won't have to take a flight back; he can float there."
When Europe did just that and won the Cup, the article quickly became an unlikely hits winner for ESPN, as Europeans shared the link with gleeful schadenfreude.
By Monday morning the article had already been shared 5,000 times on Twitter and 13,000 times on facebook while Europe fans bombarded the comments section of the article to criticise Wojciechowski.
"Maybe Marty McFly could go back in time and give you some career advice, like learn how to serve fries and shakes!" said one user Rob3987.
Andy from Edinburgh added: " It's a shame Americans are no good with irony. Or puttery. Or drivery......"
Even Wojciechowski's Wikipedia page took some punishment and his page was sabotaged with the line: "He is best known for his shocking and stupid article written the day before a brilliant European comeback in the Ryder Cup 2012. It was brash incoherent and utterly regardless of an understanding for sport."
Yikes…rule out the Europeans at your peril Gene!
- Sports & Recreation