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Ryder Cup captains Luke Donald and Zach Johnson said the "honour" was not lost on them as they met with the Pope at the Vatican. 

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Fri, 7 Oct 2022
Golf Twitter enjoyed THIS moment: "What's his opinion on shotgun starts?"

2023 Ryder Cup captains Luke Donald and Zach Johnson touched down in Rome this week for the "year to go" celebrations which of course descended into chatter about that tour and what role Tiger Woods would occupy for the U.S. side. 

Johnson and Donald were involved in a number of activities such as visiting the Colosseum, hitting shots at the Temple of Venus and a gala dinner. 

Although Johnson's preparations were hilariously interrupted by PGA Tour superstar Max Homa trying to charm his way into the side that will head to the Marco Simone Golf & Country Club next September. 

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The two skippers also got to meet the Pope at the Vatican where they gifted him an inscribed replica Ryder Cup emblazoned with the words: "Presented to His Holiness The Pope By Ryder Cup Captains Luke Donald and Zach Johnson."

"It was a very memorable experience and the honour wasn't lost on us," Johnson, 46, told the media. 

Donald, 44, added: "As Ryder Cup Captain I am fortunate to be able to do many special things, but having a private audience with Pope Francis was certainly a memory that myself and my wife Diane will always cherish."

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Of course, this moment wasn't lost on social media users who decided to see the humour. 

"Forgive me father, for I have thinned," one person responded. There were also queries about how His Holiness fares in foursomes. 

GolfMagic decided to pick out some of the very best:

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The U.S. side currently holds the Ryder Cup after they battered Team Europe 19-9 at Whistling Straits last September. 

Italy will be hosting for the very first time as the U.S. - who are heavy favourites - seek to end a 30-year wait to win on foreign soil. 

Their last victory in Europe was at The Belfry in 1993. 

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