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Marc Leishman’s wife blasted Team USA fans. Does she have a point?



Marc Leishman’s wife, Audrey, has maintained a blog since nearly dying from sepsis in 2015. A quick scan of the site reveals her to be an good, insightful, reflective writer.

The blog,, is largely a vehicle to bring awareness to the risk of Toxic Shock Syndrome and share Leishman’s near-death experience two years ago and what she’s learned since.

And if you think there’s something funny about/don’t understand her blog title, then you need to read beyond her post about the Presidents Cup.

Now, the article that’s placed Mrs. Leishman front and center in the golf media sphere: “This is not the Tour I know,” posted October 3.

In breaking down what Audrey Leishman had to say, we have to do a few things.

  1. Acknowledge her use of Daniel Berger’s quote to frame fan behavior doesn’t necessarily reflect her attitude toward the American team, and was really not the best stylistic choice.
  2. Acknowledge we don’t know 99 percent of what was said to her, to her husband, or to anyone else on the International team.
  3. Acknowledge Audrey is an American and she and Marc live in Virginia.

Here’s the Daniel Berger quote Audrey begins with.

“I mean, the goal from the minute we got out here was to just crush them as bad as we can and … I hope we close them out today and we got out tomorrow and beat them even worse.”

She then writes, “The fans felt the same way. I wonder why when that’s what they witnessed.”

Now, comparing boorish fan behavior to the desire to step on your opponent’s throat is not a good look. Competitors are supposed to compete and compete hard. Stay within the rules, yes, but do everything you can to beat your opponent as badly as possible. Surely, that isn’t problematic for someone married to a professional golfer?

The Berger quote is ill-applied and really only serves to undermine the rest of what she has to say. So, let’s throw it out and look at the meat of Leishman’s piece, which deals with U.S. fan behavior.

“There were many times last week that I thought about what the kids were seeing,” she wrote. “The crowds booing for good shots and cheering for missed putts. The drinking at 7 am? Screaming “Big Easy” to Ernie Els and begging for his autograph and then yelling at his players. Heckling a wife for her beauty and then her husband for his play. I was thankful my boys weren’t there to see the way people were treating their daddy. Their hero. My parents could simply turn the television off.”

Again, we don’t know the full extent of what was said to Audrey, to Marc, or what she overheard. It has to be said, however, that the offenses she chose to write about are incredibly minor by sporting event standards.

“Someone yelled “Blooming Onion!” to Marc. Check yourself and your facts because that’s not Australian in the least. Another yelled, “avocado!” at him. I feel sorry for you because if you don’t understand how delicious an avocado is, then you are living a sad, sad life. “You eat cereal with a fork!” Oh friend, maybe that’s actually you who does that, because how would you even think to say that? I understand that this was not every fan.”

Here’s the simplest take on Leishman’s complaints: the Ryder and Presidents Cups are not golf tournaments. They are sporting events. There’s more similarity in fan behavior at a New York Rangers game and the Presidents Cup contested just across the Hudson in New Jersey than the Northern Trust, which was contested in the same area earlier this year.

It’s tough to make an argument in favor of body snarking and other below-the-belt fan comments. That said, it is, and has been, a reality a sporting events around the world for as long as I’ve been alive.

Should the Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup fans behave more like fans at a traditional PGA Tour event? Clearly, Audrey Leishman thinks so.

That said, there would seem to be a risk of throwing the baby out with the bathwater. Rowdy, partisan lunacy is part of what makes these team competitions what they are. The best entertainment comes when fan behavior is right up against the line of acceptability. And as long as this is something we enjoy as fans, there will be those who cross the line.

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  1. Chris

    Oct 11, 2017 at 10:09 am

    Anyone who says that ‘this is what fans are like at sports’ should go watch Murray vs Djokovic at Wimbledon or a rugby 6 nations match. Yes the home team/player is cheered on louder – but Djokovic’s aces are loudly applauded not booed, and the kicker is respected in rugby with silence. You want your team to win but you respect the skill and performance shown by the opposing team. The only things that should be jeered are foul play and bad refereeing decisions!

    Only sport this broadly doesn’t apply to is soccer, with its hooligan fans and primadonna toddler players – and that’s hardly a sport we would want to emulate now is it?

  2. Neil

    Oct 11, 2017 at 3:37 am

    Golfwrx, you should be ashamed of the writer of this article. He is ignorant, close-minded, hypocritical, and extremely biased.

  3. Mike

    Oct 10, 2017 at 6:12 pm

    Berger again, why give this, spit dribbling banjo playing half wit column space.
    This forum is a perfect example of the choice you have to express concerns about golf and why it’s struggling. Can you imagine the life “wifey man” lives in. Still not many choices when your IQ is single figures

  4. Duncan Castles

    Oct 9, 2017 at 5:09 am

    After the abomination of the last Ryder Cup GolfWRX praises and encourages ‘rowdy, partisan lunacy’?
    The behaviour of too many American spectators at the last Ryder Cup was unacceptable. Full stop. There is no place or need for abusive comments on the golf course, least of all when players are about to take a stroke. Your writer needs to have a long, hard think about this.

  5. Judgemental

    Oct 8, 2017 at 10:30 am

    The Worst one is……. ‘get in the hole’

  6. Mr. Replier Guy

    Oct 7, 2017 at 1:32 pm

    Avocado is my safe word.

  7. Andrew

    Oct 6, 2017 at 10:56 pm

    So Marc earns a million dollar payday and exemption and now wifey thinks she can spout an uninformed opinion with impunity? Let’s help get that foot out of your mouth, wifey. First, go to a rugby game and pay attention to the lunacy of the crowd. It’s the same for team sports anywhere in the world. Second, learn your place and leave all things golf to Marc.

  8. Humble Golfer

    Oct 6, 2017 at 3:59 pm

    When Jordan Speith says, and I quote “…the most respectful fans in the world…” to a European crowd after winning the Open, that should tell you what golfers think of the ridiculousness that has become this game.

  9. Ryan

    Oct 6, 2017 at 3:20 pm

    I mean try going to a college football game. I have seen whole beers thrown at opposing fans leaving the stands. My ex wife told me of D-Cell batteries being thrown. Trash talk in an event like this is par for the course.

    I am very happy to see her become healthy again and applaud her for bringing more awareness to what happened to her. Being a gracious loser sometimes takes being the better man/woman. And although I don’t know what was said, I didn’t see or hear anything that I thought was out of line. I’m a traditionalist in a sense but I also except that the game has evolved and is much better overall nowadays.

    • Bob Chipeska

      Oct 6, 2017 at 5:19 pm

      Drunken, boorish behavior from spectators is not the game “evolving”.

      • jerseychris

        Oct 8, 2017 at 4:16 pm

        But it is the reason I don’t go anymore.

  10. saveva

    Oct 6, 2017 at 2:50 pm

    She fails to realize that her reaction is exactly what the fans wanted. To get under the international teams skin. Seems like her sense of humor is as thin as her skin. What would you like Mrs. Leishman? A pitty party? Mercy rule? Participation trophy? You should expect so much entering hostile terrority, that’s why home teams have an advantage. Maybe one day you’ll realize fans is short for fanatics and these fanatics are the reason you’re eating caviar and sipping champagne.

  11. Rob

    Oct 6, 2017 at 2:12 pm

    The problem with fans behaving like fans at a traditional PGA Tour event is that these two tournaments are not traditional PGA Tour events and are treated as such. Fans get crazy and the euros do it to us when we cross the pond. Its the nature of competition. She needs to lighten up and realize that when country flags are on the line, the competition is fierce and so are the fans that attend.

  12. Vinicius Costa

    Oct 6, 2017 at 2:01 pm

    In my opinion it is a mistake to compare the Presidents/Ryder Cups with other sporting events. You should compare them when held in the US versus elsewhere, then you would see a very big difference. American fans are much less respectful than their counterparts and that’s pretty much undisputed.
    Besides, when Paul Casey said he hated the Americans in the heat of the moment, pretty much everyone crucified him. So much so that he had to make a public statement saying those were unfortunate words. Now, Berger’s comments are OK… See.s like Americans tend to be overlenient with their own. Just my 2ct.

  13. Aaron

    Oct 6, 2017 at 12:54 pm

    These are once a year exhibitions that don’t pay anything. If you don’t like it don’t show up. These things aren’t going to get more civilized going forward. IMO the conversation should be just making sure this kind of stuff doesn’t bleed into the regular tour events.

  14. chinchbugs

    Oct 6, 2017 at 12:50 pm

    How dare she write truthful upright statements! Get her and get this off the internet!!

  15. carl

    Oct 6, 2017 at 12:49 pm

    Sounds like she needs to get outside her private country club lifestyle once in a while. Has she ever been to another professional sporting event including a regular PGA event, college game, or even an international soccer or rugby match? The presidents cup was tame in comparison.

    I dont think she understands why someone would yell avocado. Its a stupid comment to get the player to think about something other than their game, and judging by the score, it worked.

    • michael

      Oct 6, 2017 at 1:52 pm

      Yes, “avocado” doomed the international team. There was no other factor at play.

    • Mat

      Oct 6, 2017 at 6:35 pm

      No one who isn’t a fellow bellend understands why anyone would shout ‘Avocado!’ at a golf event.

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Kyle Thompson films man taking his dumped Staff bags, then finds them listed on Craigslist



Earlier in the week, PGA Tour professional Kyle Thompson put three old Srixon golf bags (that he has since stressed “were in bad shape”) out with the garbage.

What the 39-year-old wasn’t expecting, however, was for someone to come by and snag the items from his trash. That’s precisely what happened however, and Thompson managed to capture the incident, which he then uploaded to his Instagram account (second slide):

The bag burglar displayed some smooth moves as he tiptoed his way across Thompson’s driveway before snagging the items and hopping back into his truck and driving off for a clean getaway.

Thompson then turned investigator, found the items listed on Craigslist, which the seller, who he christened “Cowboy,” had priced at $175.

If that wasn’t enough, the clubs were also spotted on eBay where the items were unashamedly listed as a “Kyle Thompson model,” and the seller, who was clearly struggling to move the bags, had dropped his asking price down to $100.

As for Thompson, he appeared to find the entire episode amusing, even praising his man “Cowboy” for his ingenuity.

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The 7 best #GolfWRX photos on Instagram today: 9/20/18



If you’re on Instagram, you’re hopefully aware that we are ‘gramming it up as well (@golfwrx). And if you’re not following us, well, that hurts our feelings more than a three-putt bogey.

Even if you do follow WRX on Instagram, however, you may not be aware that an abundance of equipment enthusiasts are hashtagging their photos #GolfWRX. We feel it’s only right to feature the best of the WRX-tagged imagery here.

And if you’re not on Instagram, well there’s no way you could see these photos, so think of this series as a handy filter for the best #GolfWRX photos from the past 24 hours.

Aiken Golf Club, looks like y’all are good to go. All bag room and cart barn photos are 100% WRX approved.

Some puttorial handiwork from Bradley Putters, here. Acrylic + wood = nastiness.

A post that will only resonate with golfers of a certain age…

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When golf balls were golf balls….

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Do lambs travel in a herd? (Technically correct, according to Google)

Lovely Lincoln ball makers, indeed. Nice work here from CNC Creations.

The expected singular ferrule work from Boyd Blade & Ferrule. Very nice.

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Lovely Red Bird & Avian wand.

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Heat-stained, Stamped & Fitted. ??

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If you’re on Instagram, remember to hashtag your photos #GolfWRX. And if you’re not on Instagram, well, don’t.

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ICYMI: The incredible story of a golf course artist freed from jail



Since Max Adler of Golf Digest profiled convicted killer and golf artist Valentino Dixon in 2012, the Attica inmate has been on much of the golf audience’s collective radar.

It wasn’t just that Dixon, who never so much stepped onto a golf course in his life, dedicated himself to putting beautiful golf landscapes on paper, but rather, many, including Adler, believed he was wrongfully convicted. Jimmy Roberts, too, profiled Dixon, albeit in video form, and was of the same mind.

Adler and Roberts both played a small part in what happened this week, as the publicity generated by their work alerted wrongful conviction advocates to Dixon’s case: Dixon’s murder conviction was vacated.

It’s an incredible story of both justice served (albeit woefully late), and a surprising passion. If you’re unfamiliar with Dixon’s work, you can see some of it in this YouTube video by tinad426, presumably featuring the photos of his drawings taken by Golf Digest. (Many outlets refer to Dixon’s art as “paintings.” This is incorrect as his medium in colored pencil: he wasn’t allowed to use paint and paintbrushes)

“The guys [in prison] can’t understand,” Dixon said. “They always say I don’t need to be drawing this golf stuff. I know it makes no sense, but for some reason my spirit is attuned to this game.”

A quick recap of the case: Dixon had been serving a minimum 38-year-to-life sentence since August, 1991, for the shooting of 17-year-old Torriano Jackson, allegedly following an argument about a girl.

While Dixon admitted he was at the crime scene, he claimed was in a nearby liquor store at the time of the killing. Georgetown University’s Prisons and Justice Initiative found that a gunpowder test on Dixon’s clothes had come back negative and the prosecution failed to share the information with the defence.

Additionally, Lamarr Scott told local media he was in fact the shooter, and has maintained that he, not Dixon, was guilty in the years since.

He was never arrested for the crime. However, Scott, in jail for a separate crime, was given the opportunity to formally confess to the crime this week. He did so, and Dixon was exonerated hours later.

“Maybe he’ll even take up golf,” Golf Digest’s Max Adler quoted his subject of six years ago as saying.

Let’s hope he does.


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