In Colin Montgomerie's curious world view, American fans at recent Ryder Cups have behaved only because of the despicable terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
"I think the world changed, I mean the Ryder Cup and sporting events, when America played internationally since 9/11," says Europe's victorious captain of two years ago.
"America realized we were their allies, their great allies. But that was 12 years ago, and time moves on."
Consequently, Monty is now warning Jose Maria Olazabal's Europeans that things might get ugly outside the ropes this week at Medinah Country Club.
Presumably, he worries that Chicago fans might ignore fractious geopolitical realities and cheer too loudly for the red, white and blue.
"I have a slight fear that it is going to be very difficult for us Europeans to perform to our potential in a very difficult place to be," he says.
"America, when they want (the cup) back, is a difficult place to have to play golf.
"I do hope everyone realizes that and ...