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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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Amateur makes 3 holes-in-one in 36-hole competition

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We’d like to say congratulations to Ali Gibb, 51-year-old amateur golfer, for winning her club championship at Croham Hurst Golf Club in England, Monday. Oh, and she made three holes-in-one on the day.

That’s right, during the 36-hole final, Gibb aced the fifth hole twice and only needed one shot at the 11th hole during her second 18.

“Today was just a weird day. It was just very, very strange,” she said, per a BBC report. “On my card I had a nine, two eights, sixes, fives, fours, threes, twos and three ones.

“I have had a hole-in-one before – three actually. One was here on the seventh, one at Surrey National Golf Club, and one at the Atlantic Beach Golf Estate in South Africa,” Gibb added.

“It’s just absolutely extraordinary. I think I will wake up tomorrow asking if I’ve just been dreaming about it and if it is club championship day today instead!”

Hopefully, Gibb doesn’t have to buy three drinks for everyone at the club.

What can you say about a story like this? Beyond once-in-a-lifetime stuff. If the odds of an average golfer making a hole-in-one are 12,500 to 1, what are the odds of a player making three aces in 36 holes? You probably have a better shot of winning the Powerball. Incredible stuff.

 

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Nick Faldo: Tiger Woods said his career was over in 2017

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It’s safe to say only the most optimistic of fans expected Tiger Woods would contend on the weekend at two major championships in the 2018.

We’ve heard murmurings that Woods himself doubted he would make a comeback, such as his 2015 “I think pretty much everything beyond this will be gravy,” remarks.

However, we’ve never heard explicitly that Tiger Woods thought he was finished playing professional golf. Sure, he’s said he didn’t know how well he’d be able to play and that he’s been surprised by his speed and power, but we haven’t heard anything as extreme as what Nick Faldo claims Woods said at last year’s Masters Champions Dinner.

Talking with Dan Patrick, Monday, Faldo had this to say.

“What he’s been able to do, Dan, is unbelievable, remarkable,” Faldo said. “To go from a frozen back, I know he whispered to another Masters champion two Masters dinners ago, ‘I’m done. I won’t play golf again.’ And here we are 18 months later.”

“He was in agony. He was in pain,” Faldo said. “The pain down his legs, nothing enjoyable, he couldn’t move.”

“What he’s been able to do is, it’s unbelievable, remarkable,” Faldo told Patrick. “To go from a frozen back—I know he whispered to another Masters champion two Masters dinners ago ‘I’m done. I won’t play golf again,’ and here we are, 18 months later…”

“No, I won’t mention the name, but he’s a Masters champion. He said ‘I’m done, my back is done.’ He was in agony, he was in pain, the pain down his legs, there was nothing enjoyable. He couldn’t move.”

Woods had his fourth back surgery April 20th, shortly after the Masters, which put him on the path that ultimately led to a runner-up finish at last week’s PGA Championship.

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An airline lost Thorbjorn Olesen’s golf clubs…and his backup clubs…and his suitcases

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Thorbjorn Olesen has arrived in Sweden for the Nordea Masters. Unfortunately, his golf clubs have not…nor have his back up clubs.

He tweeted this, Tuesday.

“So the comedy continues, @British_Airways have managed to now lose 5 suitcases and 2 sets of golf clubs in 10 days! Decided to bring my only backup set of clubs on this morning’s flight to the Nordea Masters in case my other lost set don’t arrive and BA have also now lost these!”

Thousands of tour pros fly hundreds of times per year, yes, but doesn’t it seem like more golf bags are getting lost than should? Sidebar: Masterful GIF game, Mr. Olesen.

Olesen hasn’t provided an update on his bag(s) since the tweet above, so we’re not sure where things stand now. BA responded with this

Nope…doesn’t sound good at all…

Olesen also fired off this tweet–good he can see the humor in what has to be an utterly enraging situation.

Guess this is a #PlayBetter so you can afford NetJets, etc, situation, because it’s certainly not ever going to be a #AirlinesStoppedLosingBags situation. Also Ship Sticks is at least theoretically in play, right?

Or, of course, there’s option 3: Telescoping golf clubs in a collapsible bag that you can take as a carry on. That’s the surest bet: Just stash ’em overhead! Gotta get to work inventing those…

But really, rough stuff, and here’s hoping the Dane gets his bats back.

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