Ryder Cup’s outrageous price list has fans needing deep pockets to buy food

Ryder Cup fans face paying eye-watering prices to remain fed and watered during the upcoming showpiece in Rome.

The greatest team event in golf kicks off at the Marco Simone Country Club on Friday morning when Europe attempt the wrench back the trophy they lost in emphatic fashion to the US at Whistling Straits two years ago.

As ever for the legendary match, tickets have been like gold dust and haven’t come cheap. The same goes for food and beverages inside the venue, which have left golf fans aghast.

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For example, a Chicken Milanese with fries and a soft drink will cost 23.90 euros (£20.80). The same meal with an alcoholic drink will set fans back a whopping 27.40 euros (£23.85).

Fans wanting breakfast will have to dig deep too, with a breakfast roll costing 9.90 euros (£8.62). A veggie roll will set them back 9.50 euros (£8.26) with a modest porridge pot costing 5.50 euros (£4.79).

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In other non-playing matters, players have been given advice on how to deal with protesters during the match. Just Stop Oil campaigners have disputed a host of leading events in 2023, including Wimbledon, the Ashes, the Grand National and the World Snooker Championship.

Golf has also been targeted after four people were arrested for disrupting play on the second day of the Open Championship at Royal Liverpool. American player Billy Horschel helped to remove one who threw powdered orange paint on the 17th green.

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During the Ashes Test at Lords, England star Jonny Bairstow took matters into his own hands by picking up a protestor and carrying him back to the stands. But European captain Luke Donald doesn't want any of his 12 players to do the same.

He said: “I have no idea how likely it is [to happen]. But there's a plan in place for everything. The guys will be told not to interact with the guys, let security deal with that and then we'll carry on.”

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