Every two years the greatest professional golfers from the United States and Europe band together to compete for the Ryder Cup, a prestigious competition that pits American and European teams for golfing glory on either side of the Atlantic. The latest Cup will take place at Guyancourt, Île-de-France over the weekend, and Denmark is celebrating. The reason for that is Thomas Bjørn, the first Danish golfer elected to be captain of Team Europe for the Ryder Cup. The country is jubilant enough, but the LEGO Group has plans to do more than cheer. They’re paying tribute to Bjørn with an appropriate a giant, brick-built Ryder Cup Trophy.
Let’s look at the statistics. This giant, brick-built Ryder Cup trophy was built by LEGO master builders out of 169,397 bricks over a period of 264 hours. The finished construct is an impressive 2.38 meters tall. Captain Bjørn of Team Europe also got to see it.
“As a Dane, I am proud of one of my country’s most famous exports – the LEGO brick,” said Thomas Bjørn during the unveiling. He is confident that LEGO’s tribute to him and the golf competition he will be leading Europe’s finest to will inspire both golfers and sports-minded LEGO fans.
The Ryder Cup trophy built by LEGO is on display at West Championship Village for the whole Ryder Cup week, and visitors who want to snap a selfie with the brick monolith can do so after donating to the European Tour Foundation charity.
LEGO Retail Model Production VP Rasmus Dunn also remarked on The LEGO Group’s pride for Bjørn’s honor and duty, as well as their token of commemoration for his accomplishment. “This represents a huge effort from the team and we hope it will add to the Ryder Cup spectacle this week,” he said.