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A Social Media investigation: Who’s the “Get in the hole!” guy who disrupted Tiger’s putt?



The takes are flying following Tiger Woods’ return to competition. No pain = good. 30 percent of fairways hit = bad. Scrambling, ability to grind = good.

Of a lower order of significance, however, are perspectives on the gentleman who belted tournament golf’s most tired fan exclamation (“get in the hole!”) as Woods was in the process of putting at the par-5 13th hole during Sunday’s final round. If you missed the incident, check out the tweets below.

The incident may be the first time Tiger Woods longed for Steve Williams to return to his bag. “Stevie” would have entered the crowd and likely seperated the overzealous idiot’s head from his body.

A Reddit thread delved into the incident further, with jbraun04, who was at Torrey Pines, offereing this perspective:

Credit to Holly Hardy, whose LinkedIn describes her as a Brand Ambassador at Nike and Twitter indicates “following a jungle cat around the world is my profession,” for posting what appears to be the confrontation between (the quintessential) marshal and the offending party. Certainly, it’s inconceivable that the gentleman in question wasn’t escorted from the premises if he was identified and reprimanded in this fashion (who don’t definitively know that he wasn’t).

So, examining the situation and not bagging on this gentleman anymore than is necessary: Either he knew what he was doing in yelling while Tiger was taking the putter back (problematic), or he didn’t (also problematic).

Is this the logical extension of the explosion of Baba Booeyers on Tour in recent years?

Certainly the man didn’t look like some clueless general sports fan who knew nothing about golf but decided to head to Torrey Pines because Tiger was teeing it up. Thus, speculation on that front seems fruitless.

It’s also fruitless to talk about the possibility of an epidemic of pre-contact exclamations, either on tee boxes or greens, as this is an isolated incident (for now). But it’s worth noting the ease with which a single fan can disrupt this particular type of sporting event, and that only civility (or perhaps the fear of getting beat up) keeps this from happening more. At the very least, the consequence for such behavior has to be immediate ejection, which may not have happened in this case, which is problematic.

What are your thoughts on the incident?

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  1. M Smizzule

    Jan 30, 2018 at 4:58 pm

    He wouldn’t have made it anyways

  2. Bob

    Jan 30, 2018 at 2:51 pm

    the only way to stop these ridiculous acts is to eject anyone that disrupts play. Rarely do you hear this o the European tour.

  3. Redman

    Jan 30, 2018 at 12:34 pm

    I may be different but without knowing the guy’s intent i would hardly want to see social media turn this into making this guy’s life miserable for the foreseeable future. Although I do think he should’ve been kicked out simply to make a point.

    I’m actually glad this happened though as maybe its a wakeup call to the many other moronic unfunny attention seeking as$ hats out there who feel the need to yell random junk after a player hits the ball.

  4. Sam

    Jan 30, 2018 at 11:39 am

    I would think that this person would be escorted out immediately for yelling when it wasn’t appropriate. Well, I guess it’s really never appropriate to yell at a golf tournament.

    The marshals should have more power, even though they are volunteers, to request security to assist them and escort any fans that are inconsiderate out of the venue.

    People talk about other sports where they is a lot of noise and fans are constantly yelling, but golf is different. It has established themselves to be quiet during play, but then fans can yell and talk after each shot. But as someone else mentioned, it’s the sudden change in volume that really distracts golfers.

    More fans should be ejected out of venues when they act like this, to start showing that this kind of behavior is not tolerated.

  5. Jerry

    Jan 30, 2018 at 7:31 am

    I’d put the guy in a straight jacket, with the words “I yelled during Tiger’s Putt” on the front and back, and escort him through a line of 5000 fans who could spit, throw beer, coke, candy on him.

    Sort of like the Walk of Shame.

  6. Nick Nack

    Jan 30, 2018 at 7:13 am

    The guy that yelled should have been escorted out, plain and simple. The guys yelling at “Get in the hole” guy should be put in their place because they are creating a mob like situation.

  7. Mr. Divot

    Jan 30, 2018 at 2:06 am

    The fact that this guy didn’t get pummeled shows golf fans are a much different lot than those of baseball, football, or basketball. No need to mention hockey fans eh.

  8. Crusher

    Jan 29, 2018 at 11:13 pm

    Would love to see the pros themselves as well as Sir Nick to start calling out all these idiots that yell Baba Booey or Mashed Potatoes on the tee box just so they can go home and hear themselves on the TV recording. You all need to get a life!

  9. Don O’Brien

    Jan 29, 2018 at 10:36 pm

    In defense of the (volunteer).marshals, they have no jurisdiction to confront or remove “patrons”. They can call for assistance from professional security that will work with PGA officials on action. As they say, those decisions aren’t at our pay grades.

  10. So long

    Jan 29, 2018 at 9:31 pm

    This site is become a joke.

  11. Sandiegocat

    Jan 29, 2018 at 9:20 pm

    Signs are held up all around the greens asking for silence. The marshals and caddies actually say “quiet.” The other spectators are all quiet. There is no way this guy could think yelling is okay. He should have been evicted immediately.

  12. James T

    Jan 29, 2018 at 7:45 pm

    Next time the guy plays golf with buddies (if he has any) it should be a game of “Gotchas”. Let him see how it feels. Personally, when I play I don’t mind noises if they are consistent… lawn mower in the background, people talking on another tee, low level music. It is the sudden change of volume that is disruptive.

  13. PatMcKok

    Jan 29, 2018 at 4:50 pm

    That guy looks familiar. His name is Jack. Jack MeHoff!

  14. Art Williams

    Jan 29, 2018 at 2:30 pm

    We live in a society where it’s all about me. This man could be a fan of Tiger but he’d rather steer attention to himself. If he timed it right he would be bragging to all his friends and ask if they heard or saw him on TV. I doubt he’ll let anyone know now. To clean this up they need to remove anyone guilty of this kind of behavior immediately. Throughout the day you could hear all kinds of shouting going on as the younger crowd tries to be a part of the show. This type of behavior is fine in Phoenix but must be kept to a minimum at other venues.One only has to look at other pro sports today to see fans acting out doing anything they can to catch the cameras eye and get their few seconds of recognition. Too bad golf is now leaning that way.

  15. rondre3000

    Jan 29, 2018 at 1:14 pm

    I am absolutely shocked this guy’s face wasn’t introduced to a few fists.

    • Hughcruik

      Jan 29, 2018 at 4:36 pm

      Really? You really think the appropriate response to the guy would be to punch him in the face? That’s pretty barbaric.

      • David

        Jan 29, 2018 at 4:55 pm

        All actions have consequences. He made a choice and getting hit could be a consequence.

        • Jim K

          Jan 29, 2018 at 10:25 pm

          And the next consequence would be somebody going to jail.

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Retired pro cricketer blasts Kevin Na for slow play. Is he right?



A tweet and follow-up video from a retired English cricketer are making the rounds in the golf social mediaverse and snackable content realms. And while most agree that it’s not a good look for golf when Kevin Pietersen, who has more than three million Twitter followers, mocks Kevin Na for taking a small eternity over a putt and slow play is an issue on Tour, Pietersen may not exactly be hitting the mark.

Anyway, here’s the tweet and succeeding tutorial.

What do you think, GolfWRX members? Surely it’s hyperbole to call the putt a “tap-in,” no? But given the length of the putt, how excessive is the amount of time Na took?

And for the millionth time, expecting players like Kevin Na (who prefers a…deliberate pace) to play quickly because it’s courteous, isn’t going to happen. Pro golf is the man’s job, and he clearly believes he does it best when he does it slowly with great deliberation. Expecting Na, or any other player of a similar mindset, to change without outside influence (slow play penalties) is unrealistic.

In other words, Pietersen ought to include @PGATour in his tweet as well.

Update: Na posted this defense/explanation on Instagram. 



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On the range at PGA National: Gerald is missing, a major winner throws down the WITB gauntlet, Artisan sighting



GolfWRX is live this week from the 2018 Honda Classic at PGA National’s Champion course in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. And just like Monday, there was plenty of visual interest Tuesday. We got WITB looks at Sergio Garcia, Harold Varner III, and Ian Poulter, in addition to others, as well as a look at a new Toulon offering. Two galleries of general range photos as well, for your viewing pleasure.

Here are a few of the best shots.

We’ll start with Sergio Garcia, who is gaming some absolutely savage stuff since signing with Callaway. Apex MB irons with the Sergio Garcia logo and a chrome finish that’d make an exhaust tip blush.

Garcia is also gaming this Toulon Azalea putter, appropriately.

Also in the Toulon department, Cody Gribble’s Toulon San Diego is, classy. It…stays classy, if you will.

Interestingly, we spotted Gribble with this Nike Engage wedge. And is that an Artisan Golf stamp? Hmm…

A quick scan of Harold Varner III’s bag revealed Gerald, Varner’s iconic puppet-like headcover to be absent. Upon closer inspection, Gerald is embroidered on HV3’s putter cover. Does this mean Gerald the headcover is no more? Say it ain’t so!

The only Ben Hogan staff bag on Tour. And a beauty it is! J.J. Henry with a set o’ Hogan PTx irons.

We spotted Ian Poulter with some Superspeed Golf sticks and a…baseball bat? That can’t be right. What is that thing? At his side in case Ted Bishop comes around?

Poulter, one of the most frequent flatstick flippers, also looks to be a new admirer of the work of Rife Guerin, as he was testing both an Evnroll and Rife Antigua putter. We’ll see what he puts in play.

Oh boy, the putter buffet was fully stocked at PGA National Tuesday. Golden Corral has nothing on these offerings.

A helping of Odyssey…




…makes you want to fill up a plate and come back for seconds.

Check our full spread of photos from Tuesday at PGA National below.

Tuesday’s Photos

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Discussion: See what GolfWRX members are saying about the photos in our forums.

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11 insights from Rory McIlroy and Padraig Harrington’s wide-ranging chat



Paul Kimmage of the Irish Independent got Rory McIlroy and Padraig Harrington to sit down for an extensive and wide-ranging interview. That alone is an achievement.

McIlroy and Harrington, the greatest golfers in recent memory from Northern Ireland and Ireland respectively, have never been the best of friends. That isn’t to say they’ve been adversaries, they’ve just never been particularly chummy.

Both men, accomplished and insightful, are great interviews individually. Together, however, the transcript is even better. Harrington, for example, can probe McIlroy in a way a reporter can’t. And McIlroy is compelled to answer the elder statesman when he calls him on the carpet for trying to act like Tiger Woods in press conferences, for example.

Here are a few of the more insightful portions of Kimmage’s Q&A.

Harrington and McIlroy prepare for tournaments in very different ways

PH: And we have a very different way of preparing for tournaments. He likes to play early, I like to play late. I’m not prepared to do his thing, he’s not prepared to do mine…
RM: Yeah, what’s the best way to prepare?
PH: I like a good sleep and to play later.
RM: I’m up at five every morning.
PH: I can think of nothing worse than playing practice rounds when you do.

McIlroy’s tournament week is structured with little socializing outside his inner circle

RM: Yeah, for example, I’ve rented a house this week and I have a chef and everything revolves around that house. I get back (after playing) and there’s six people in the house and that’s my week: I don’t see anyone else; I don’t want to see anyone else.

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PK: What about you, Rory? Any player you’re close to?
(Long pause)
PK: I’ll take that as a no.
RM: Not particularly, but I think that’s more to do with the stage I’m at in my life. If Erica wasn’t with me, I’d reach out to some people or play a practice round or whatever. But I wouldn’t be particularly . . .

They keep their trophies in very different places

Where do you keep your Claret Jug?
RM: (Nods to Pádraig) Ssss . . . plural.
PH: Sitting on the breakfast bar in the kitchen at home.
RM: I don’t have it on display. I have a trophy room, but if you were in the house you would never find it.

Three majors would be a failure for Rory, both agree

PH: I’m at a stage where I’ve done what I need to do. You’re at a stage, Rory, where you’re still trying to get more . . . actually, I’m going to say this, and it’s probably not what you want to hear, but four Majors for you is a failure.
RM: I 100 per cent agree.
PH: Three Majors for me was an over-achievement. I love what I’m doing and I’d like to win another one, but I’m well aware that I’m not going to change my legacy at this stage. Whereas you’re still on that path.

McIlroy admits he doesn’t have Harrington’s “mental stamina”

RM: (smiles) Yeah, he’s the ultimate . . . at 46, I’ll probably be at the point where I accept what I have – he does not accept it. There’s always something to work on; there’s always something to get better at. That’s where we differ as well; I don’t know if I have the mental capacity or the mental stamina to get up every morning and do that.
PK: You don’t?
RM: Yeah, to practise like that. The way he goes about it is too mentally draining for me.

Self belief or the lack thereof determines the quality of Rory’s play

PH: There are two things that stand out with Rory; the first thing kills him but it also makes him and that’s his belief: when it’s there it’s phenomenal, and when it’s not there it hurts him. When he has it he sends people running scared, and when he doesn’t have it he fades – you can see that from the sideline.

Harrington thinks McIlroy often comes off as cold in interviews

PH: I don’t think I’ve ever been in your company where I haven’t walked away thinking you’re a nicer guy than I thought beforehand. And yet, media-wise, you can sound quite cold and clinical at times and I think: ‘He’s trying to be Tiger Woods.’ Because you present this . . . wall.

When Rory and Tiger played in November, Tiger insisted Rory bring his dad

RM: On the night before we played (in November) Tiger sent me a text: ‘Why don’t you bring your dad along?’. Dad wasn’t sure. “I’ll leave you two to it,” he said. “I don’t want to get in the way.’ So I sent him a text: ‘No, I don’t think he is going to make it.’ He texted me back: ‘Oh, come on! When he is ever going to get a chance to play with two former number ones?’

McIlroy thinks Spieth is golf’s most underrated player

RM: I had a chat with Brandt Snedeker last night and we both said it: “Jordan Spieth is the most underrated player in the game.” When you look at what he’s done, and what he’s achieved, but all you hear are negatives.

Neither seem to be fans of Brandel Chamblee

PH: They can’t see the X factor. Dustin Johnson hit a drive a few weeks ago (in Hawaii) and one of the main TV commentators said it was the greatest shot ever hit.
PK: Brandel Chamblee.
PH: Talk about hyperbole.
RM: It was nonsense.

All this is but the tip of the iceberg of a frank, insightful, and often funny exchange. Check out the full transcript of the sit down here.


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