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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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Stephen Curry sponsors the creation of golf program at Howard University



NBA star and avid golfer Stephen Curry has donated a seven-figure sum to Howard University in a move that will see men’s and women’s golf teams at the school for at least the next six years.

As the Washington Post reported on Monday, this will be the first time the school will compete at the Division I level in the sport, and the university plans to have the teams ready to compete for the 2020/21 academic year.

Curry’s donation was partly inspired by Howard senior and golfer Otis Ferguson IV, and speaking on bringing golf back to Howard, the 31-year-old stated

“Golf is a sport that has changed my life in ways that are less tangible, but just as impactful. It’s a discipline that challenges your mental wherewithal from patience to focus, and is impossible to truly master, so when you hear about these passionate student athletes who have the talent but don’t have a fair shot at the game, it’s tough. I feel really honored to play a small role in the rich history of Howard University.”

Howard University’s previous collegiate golf team competed in Division II before disbanding three decades ago, and Curry’s donation is set to be paid out over six years in order for the golf team to become self-sustainable.

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Here is where each player will start the Tour Championship



Justin Thomas’ win at last week’s BMW Championship now gives him the lead in the FedEx Cup playoff race heading to the revamped Tour finale. The 26-year-old will start the Tour Championship at 10-under par, with his closest challenger Patrick Cantlay beginning the event two strokes further back at eight-under par.

Here are the starting positions for the 30 players at this week’s Tour Championship.

  • -10: Thomas
  • -8: Patrick Cantlay
  • -7: Brooks Koepka
  • -6: Patrick Reed
  • -5: Rory McIlroy
  • -4: Jon Rahm, Matt Kuchar, Xander Schauffele, Webb Simpson, Abraham Ancer
  • -3: Gary Woodland, Tony Finau, Adam Scott, Dustin Johnson, Hideki Matsuyama
  • -2: Paul Casey, Justin Rose, Brandt Snedeker, Rickie Fowler, Kevin Kisner
  • -1: Marc Leishman, Tommy Fleetwood, Corey Conners, Sungjae Im, Chez Reavie
  • Even Par: Bryson DeChambeau, Louis Oosthuizen, Charles Howell III, Lucas Glover, Jason Kokrak

The Tour Championship takes begins on August 22 from East Lake GC in Atlanta, GA, with the winner receiving $15 million.

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How much each player won at the 2019 BMW Championship



Justin Thomas produced a masterclass at Medinah Country Club to take home the BMW Championship title and with it claim the winner’s check worth just over $1.6 million. In what was a crucial week in the FedEx Cup race, Patrick Cantlay who finished runner-up to Thomas collects a check for just under $1 million and will head to Atlanta for the Tour Championship one place back of the 26-year-old.

With players battling for a place at East Lake and no cut in place, here’s a look at what the 69 players in action earned at last week’s BMW Championship.

1: Justin Thomas $1,665,000.00

2 Patrick Cantlay 999,000.00

3 Hideki Matsuyama 629,000.00

4 Tony Finau 444,000.00

T5 Jon Rahm 351,500.00

T5 Brandt Snedeker 351,500.00

T7 Corey Conners 298,312.50

T7 Lucas Glover 298,312.50

T9 Kevin Kisner 259,000.00

T9 Adam Scott 259,000.00

T11 Tommy Fleetwood 196,100.00

T11 Rickie Fowler 196,100.00

T11 Sungjae Im 196,100.00

T11 Louis Oosthuizen 196,100.00

T11 Kevin Tway 196,100.00

T16 J.T. Poston 148,000.00

T16 Rory Sabbatini 148,000.00

T16 Vaughn Taylor 148,000.00

T19 Jason Kokrak 112,110.00

T19 Marc Leishman 112,110.00

T19 Rory McIlroy 112,110.00

T19 Patrick Reed 112,110.00

T19 Xander Schauffele 112,110.00

T24 Paul Casey 78,856.25

T24 Joel Dahmen 78,856.25

T24 Brooks Koepka 78,856.25

T24 Webb Simpson 78,856.25

T28 Byeong Hun An 65,675.00

T28 Abraham Ancer 65,675.00

T28 Si Woo Kim 65,675.00

T31 Wyndham Clark 53,650.00

T31 Emiliano Grillo 53,650.00

T31 Joaquin Niemann 53,650.00

T31 C.T. Pan 53,650.00

T31 Ian Poulter 53,650.00

T31 Gary Woodland 53,650.00

T37 Billy Horschel 40,700.00

T37 Charles Howell III 40,700.00

T37 Ryan Moore 40,700.00

T37 Scott Piercy 40,700.00

T37 Jordan Spieth 40,700.00

T37 Tiger Woods 40,700.00

T43 Keegan Bradley 30,525.00

T43 Adam Hadwin 30,525.00

T43 Troy Merritt 30,525.00

T43 Ryan Palmer 30,525.00

T43 Andrew Putnam 30,525.00

T48 Bryson DeChambeau 23,865.00

T48 Shane Lowry 23,865.00

T48 Phil Mickelson 23,865.00

T48 Collin Morikawa 23,865.00

T52 Jason Day 21,571.00

T52 Dylan Frittelli 21,571.00

T52 Matt Kuchar 21,571.00

T52 Keith Mitchell 21,571.00

T52 Justin Rose 21,571.00

T57 Jim Furyk 20,627.50

T57 Dustin Johnson 20,627.50

T57 Graeme McDowell 20,627.50

T57 Chez Reavie 20,627.50

T61 Max Homa 20,072.50

T61 Francesco Molinari 20,072.50

T63 Rafa Cabrera Bello 19,702.50

T63 Sung Kang 19,702.50

T65 Cameron Champ 19,240.00

T65 J.B. Holmes 19,240.00

T65 Adam Long 19,240.00

68 Harold Varner III 18,870.00

69 Nate Lashley 18,685.00

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