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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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Jeff Golden issues statement on Florida Mid-Am incident



Jeff Golden is sharing more details about the events of May 16 at the Florida Mid-Amateur Championship.

If you recall, police were summoned to Coral Creek Club during a rain delay in the Golden-Marc Dull final. Golden alleged Dull’s caddie, Brandon Hibbs, punched him in the face during a parking lot altercation. Dull and Hibbs both deny the incident occurred.

Rather than paraphrase or pull quotes, it seems appropriate to post the majority of Golden’s statement as is, since it’s his attempt to speak for himself and set the record straight.

“When my name was announced on the first tee, my opponent’s caddie immediately asked an off color question. I laughed off the timing of that question, along with many other examples of bad etiquette to come. Alcohol appeared to be influencing his behavior. I’ve never seen an opposing caddie engage in so much conversation with a competitor. On the eighth hole I had become extremely frustrated because I was forced to back off my shot two different times when my opponent and caddie were talking and moving. I expressed my disappointment with their etiquette to the match referee following our group.”

“The ruling that came from the caddie’s comments on the ninth hole started because of a simple question that I posed: “Was that advice?” I thought this was the only way to slow down the caddie, clean up the etiquette and play a gentlemanly match. I felt justified in my decision, especially since my opponent then asked his caddie, “Why did you say that?” The caddie recused himself from the match, but he didn’t leave the property.”

“…I didn’t even get my bag out of my car when the caddie reappeared and said he’d like to apologize. I most likely had a smile on my face, because I was ready to put the past behind us, and he punched me in the face. I was knocked to the ground, and by the time I looked up, he was walking away, to my surprise, toward the clubhouse. The pro shop is a separate building, so that’s where I immediately went for help. The inside of my mouth was bleeding and my face was throbbing. I realized my hand was also hurting –that’s what broke my fall instead of my head.

“The pro shop employee called the police and was extremely helpful, getting me ice and offering any help I needed. The police arrived, and the deputy concluded that there wasn’t enough evidence to justify pressing charges. I gave a recorded sworn statement to the deputy recapping the events.”

“The FSGA has one job, and that’s to follow the Rules of Golf. Unfortunately, there’s no rule for an inebriated “ex-caddie” punching a player in a match-play rain delay with no witnesses.”

“The FSGA gave me one option when the rain stopped. I had to play. My opponent had the option to concede the match and take responsibility for his caddie, but he told me he had nothing to do with what occurred.”

Golden further indicated that he conceded the match because of “physical and emotional distress, pulsing pain in my face, dizziness and cuts on my right hand.” He indicated he was surprised the FSGA didn’t suspend the match.

With respect to that point, it’s probably worth pointing out that FSGA executive director Jim Demick said that Golden “didn’t want to play anymore.”

“Regrettably, the golf course was very playable and Jeff understood that he needed to resume the match. I think he was just ready to go,” adding police “found absolutely no evidence of an assault.”

The FSGA hasn’t provided additional comment or modified that statement.

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Must be the Arby’s: Beef Johnston deadlifts 485 lbs



Update: Thanks to WRX member Sam who pointed out: “The correct term for that lift would be a rack pull (weight does not start on the ground).”

An Instagram video posted by the European Tour’s Performance Institute shows Beef Johnston readying for a deadlift attempt.

Fueled by Beef ‘n Cheddars and curly fries, Johnston steps in for an attempt at hoisting 220kg (485 lbs).

To the uninitiated (me), the feat certainly looked impressive. But just how impressive? I fired up Google to find out…


“Dan John, suggests in his book, Intervention: Course Corrections For The Athlete And Trainer, that the average weightlifter should be able to deadlift between 1 and 1.5 times their body weight. I think that’s a good general recommendation for most people who are interested in health, fitness, longevity, and quality of life. However, Coach Dan John also considers a deadlift using double your bodyweight to be a game-changer. So, there are certainly benefits to be had from doing more than the minimum.”

Johnston reportedly weighs 212 pounds. Thus, Beef lifted nearly 2.3 times his body weight.

Impressive stuff (don’t tell Brandel Chamblee).

WRXers who lift heavy things, what do you think?

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How could a child hitting a golf ball off his father’s face go wrong?



We’re bringing you this video in case you haven’t seen it elsewhere: Young Sam Blewett attempts to hit a golf ball off his father’s face, and…

Now, most people are assuming that this three-year-old lad had no idea what he was doing. His father orchestrated the video, told the son, who had never held a golf club nor had any concept of the game to hit the ball, and wood-chopping at the ball followed.

Hot take: I don’t think that’s true. The Instagram account is the three-year-old kid’s (managed by his mother), and he certainly knows how to hit a golf ball properly. See?

So, I’m positing that the kid saw an opportunity to whack his dad in the dome with a golf club and couldn’t pass it up. Yes, young Sam knew exactly what he was doing.

And more power to him. Cunning AND capable with a golf club.

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