RYDER Cup Captain Thomas Bjorn was left a person down as a six-handicapper dominated himself out of rivalry this yr's conflict towards America.
Superfan Stephen Atkinson, penned a cheeky letter to the person who will lead Europe in Paris this October.
Bjorn is the skipper of the European group, who will bid to reclaim the Ryder Cup trophy they misplaced at Hazeltine in 2016 after three earlier wins.
And golf nut Stephen, from Ascot, wrote a letter to Bjorn saying that "with a considerably heavy coronary heart" he was not making himself obtainable to be thought-about for a wildcard choice.
Eight gamers will qualify for the 12-man staff on benefit with Swede Bjorn, whose job it’s to select the group and determine on pairings, additionally set to call 4 wildcards.
However Stephen won’t be one of these 'captain's picks' after agreeing together with his spouse that he could also be "sadly deluded" in his earlier perception that he might play his means into rivalry.
Stephen claims he had hopes that there was room for enchancment on his rating – which he claims is 52,187 – however believes he ought to have the ability to put out a robust aspect as soon as he overcomes the preliminary "shock".
Worse for Bjorn, Stephen explains that he won’t make himself obtainable for a management position both… though he has provided his providers if wanted to assist decide an honest bottle of wine.
In a robust finale to his letter, Stephen says: "I don’t assume I can be out there to assist as a vice captain as I’m the 2018 Captain of the Babalou Golf Society (membership runs into the 20s..) and really feel that it is going to be unfair to each the society and the Ryder Cup workforce if I dilute by time by making an attempt to accommodate each.
"I’m nevertheless out there beforehand if you wish to talk about technique and so on.
"I’m notably educated about Provencal rose wine and could possibly assist re wine / meals pairings, one thing that has typically been ignored, I really feel, in previous matches.
"As soon as once more, many apologies for letting you down and greatest needs in Paris."
Bjorn posted the letter on Twitter and joked: "Unbelievable. The place do I’m going from right here? Stephen, please rethink."