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

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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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Which Air Jordan model should Nike release as a golf shoe next?

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According to GolfMagic, Nike’s Air Jordan III golf shoe took off from the foul line and soared right out of stock.

Per the site: “Nike launched this new model back in February… but you’ll do very well to get your hands on either them right now as they have sold out on Nike’s website. However, a Nike spokesperson has since commented saying “more is on the way.”

Grammar aside, this is interesting.

Now, it wasn’t long ago that all golf shoes looked like this.

And with all due respect to the Etonic Dri-Lite of yore, and giving wide berth to the traditionalists in the golf footwear space, the transition to sneaker-style golf shoes is cool, isn’t it? I mean, even if you’re monumentally swagger impaired like myself and could never pull the “Js on the fairways” look off, it’s intriguing, no?

With that in mind, and recognizing the demand for the 3s, I thought it’d be interesting to consider what the next Jordan golf shoe ought to be.

Here are my finalists for the next wide release (yes, I know Nike made Ray Allen custom 11s and MJ has had a few customs). Many of these are new colorways of classic (OG) models. I’ve tried for a range of styles and picks from across the Jordan timeline. Images via the excellent catalogue on the Jordan website.

Air Jordan XXXII

Air Jordan VI

Air Jordan VIII

Air Jordan II (low)

Air Jordan XXX

Let me know what you think, GolfWRX Members!

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Looks like Tiger is exploring some innovative solutions to his putting woes…

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Tiger Woods was 39th in strokes gained: putting in 2018. Historically an excellent putter, Woods was hot-and-cold with the flatstick, even benching his soulmate Scotty Cameron Newport 2.

It looks like Woods may have an ace in the hole for the upcoming season, however, with respect to his green reading and putt sinking. Check out this video posted to his Instagram from the Tiger Woods Invitational on the Monterey Peninsula earlier this week.

Good thing the USGA is restricting the use of green-reading devices and technologies, because this kid looks close to cracking the eternal mystery of the perfect marriage of line and speed for every putt.

Cool stuff, though, isn’t it? It’s also cool to see Tiger so genuinely excited about his “mentee.”

We all know the story of how, after September 11, Woods re-evaluated his charitable endeavors and began to conceive of the Tiger Woods Learning Center. He’s spoken passionately about the students who have made their way through the various programs in the past, and there’s no doubt he cares deeply about the TGR Foundation’s efforts, but seeing a thin slice of that reality is awesome.

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The 7 best #GolfWRX photos on Instagram today (10.11.18)

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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.

Michael Martinez with a phenomenal custom Nike concept sketch in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month.

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In the pantheon of golf tattoos, this one has to be featured prominently, no?

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BB&F continues to reign as the ferrule king.

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A clean sole grind and stamping from Don White. Nothing like it.

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