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The tension between Justin Thomas and PGA Tour fans is escalating

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In case you missed it, Justin Thomas spoke out against unruly and “completely unacceptable” behavior from PGA Tour fans after the Genesis Open last week. He said, among other things, “I wish people didn’t think it was so amusing to yell and all that stuff while we’re trying to hit shots and play.”

Well, one fan on Sunday at the Honda Classic — which JT went onto win in a one-hole playoff — was openly rooting for Thomas’ tee shot to go into a bunker.

As the television audio picked up, per the Tweet embedded below, Thomas told the fan that he would be kicked out of the event. (If the Twitter embed doesn’t work for you, click here.)

Thomas kept his composure enough to get the victory at the Honda Classic, but it will be interesting to see where the relationship between JT and the fans goes from here.

What do you think? Should fans be allowed to openly root against players like in other sports, or is that disrespectful? Is Thomas overreacting?

See what GolfWRX Members are saying about the topic in our forums.

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He played on the Hawaii Pacific University Men's Golf team and earned a Masters degree in Communications. He also played college golf at Rutgers University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism.

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  1. joro

    Apr 4, 2018 at 12:41 pm

    This is really stupid, sports fans today think they have to be A-Holes and JT is just egging them on with his crying. They sell Beer and that doesn’t help, but whatever you do, do not smoke, that makes you unruly.

    Justin, just shut up and do your job, the same job Millions would love to have, or go to work at a take out for 10 bucks an hour, you’r a fool.

  2. Frankrizzo

    Apr 3, 2018 at 9:27 pm

    Anyone who screams “get in the hole” after a player hits their driver off the tee on a 596 yard par five should be ejected…for stupidity!!!

  3. Lenny

    Mar 28, 2018 at 1:50 pm

    Golf has become more WT in the last 10-15 years.

  4. Joe

    Mar 14, 2018 at 8:57 am

    I don’t see the update to your article where this particular fan was abrasive and basically stalking JT…. I’ll wait…. well, wait, it’s not Tiger so you won’t update it

    • george

      Mar 24, 2018 at 10:44 pm

      The jerk(s) want attention. Dont give it to them.

  5. d

    Mar 12, 2018 at 11:43 am

    What a princess.

  6. ray

    Mar 9, 2018 at 9:07 am

    Golf WRX is ‘escalating’ a problem for Justin Thomas by making an issue out of nothing, Do him favor and let it go.

  7. Josh

    Mar 8, 2018 at 8:13 pm

    I really hate all the yelling that people do. Golf is more of a sophisticated sport, where you cheer for your favorite golfer and that is it. No more yelling after a shot or putt is hit.

  8. Michael Werner

    Mar 7, 2018 at 4:15 am

    It is basically a matter of decency and education, whether I behave this way or not. Unfortunately this behavior is often seen in golf tournaments in America. for example at the Ryder Cup
    Greetings from Germany

  9. Ray

    Mar 6, 2018 at 5:08 pm

    Justin is the man. With a chance to win the tournament he absolute had to have that guy removed. Tour pros are obviously experts at blocking out distractions, but this was over the top.

  10. Ron Reagan

    Mar 5, 2018 at 4:52 am

    Fans have gotten much worse. I’ve always felt security was too lax and now is the time to tighten things up by removing fans that apparently have no real understanding of golf etiquette. Let them learn the hard way that this is not acceptable.

  11. Tony

    Mar 2, 2018 at 7:08 pm

    The F-bomb he dropped that was hears all over the network telecast does not help him.

  12. Al

    Mar 2, 2018 at 4:37 am

    Spectators shouldn’t act like this but this is the same guy who for years hasn’t shouted fore at drives landing in large groups of people and only started shouting last week after splitting someone’s head open with a tee shot. A look in the mirror before criticising others would have been better from Mr Thomas.

    • David

      Mar 10, 2018 at 6:28 am

      Really? Splitting someone’s head open? That didn’t happen so stop exaggerating things.

      • Al

        Mar 13, 2018 at 3:25 am

        It absolutely did! His drive carried full toss onto a spectators head which was bleeding and required medical attention!

  13. StankyRamy

    Feb 28, 2018 at 11:26 pm

    This little guy should start eating pancakes at Perkins with ol buddy Tiger. Get on a workout regimen and take some Ped’s before you act like a tough guy. Get in the Ho!

  14. TeeBone

    Feb 28, 2018 at 12:12 pm

    Trends toward negative fan behavior is no surprise. After all, we are now in the Golden Age of Hate. But let the Tour handle it, JT.

  15. Kevin

    Feb 27, 2018 at 8:57 pm

    JT’s going down a slippery slope. Just ask Sergio how things go when you start criticizing and picking arguements with fans. His quickly becoming unlikeable.

  16. steve c

    Feb 27, 2018 at 11:42 am

    Distracting a player while he is hitting the ball should absolutely be grounds for removal from the facility. However, openly rooting against a player while he is walking? Just keep it clean (no vulgarity, screaming, and the like). Heck, I’ve got NO sympathy for a guy making $1.5 mil when his feelings get hurt. He is welcome to go play by himself and make $0 if he doesn’t like it!

  17. Rob

    Feb 27, 2018 at 11:14 am

    I say just snap his skinny punk self in half and see how “big boy” he thinks he is after that.. cry me a river kid

  18. Blake

    Feb 27, 2018 at 10:36 am

    Justin did the right thing

  19. Jack Nicholas

    Feb 27, 2018 at 9:58 am

    Boorish behaviour; it’s the American way. Stop selling alcohol to these idiots and show them the way to the nearest nascar track instead.

  20. Tmark

    Feb 27, 2018 at 9:36 am

    How about Justin, he was caught on air 3 times dropping the Fbomb. One has to imagine that it occurred several more times off air. Should young kids on the course and watching on TV be taught that the Fbomb is how you react to a bad shot or a win?? JT needs to look inward about his impact on golf first then possibly, just possibly the people joining in on the boorish behavior will also restrain themselves. As a father,JT,just like Tiger are terrible role models on the course and need to improve for the sake of our kids golf future.

    • Robert Roy

      Feb 28, 2018 at 1:25 pm

      Fbomb isn’t aimed at anyone. Players get fined for inappropriate language.

      • njrp

        Mar 1, 2018 at 8:07 pm

        Tmark has a point…if a kid is watching home he will hear the fbomb…shows lack of respect for fans at home…you can tell Justin has copied Tiger.

        However, you are not supposed to root against someone in golf…the heckler was probably a nongolf fan attracted to event by Tiger.

  21. Patricknorm

    Feb 27, 2018 at 6:45 am

    Someone has to explain to me why it’s acceptable to chirp, or heckle or interrupt a golfer during a tournament. I’ve been to numerous Tour events over the last 30 years and incidents like these are more prevalent. When you attend the Waste Management tournament in Phoenix , everyone knows going in it’s going to be a gong show, especially on the 16th. But to purposely cheer against a player is mean spirited.
    There has to be a better way of getting on tv.

    • Adam

      Mar 8, 2018 at 4:51 pm

      Why? Fans root against players and teams in every other sport. Maybe the guy is a big fan of another player in contention?

  22. Boyo

    Feb 27, 2018 at 6:22 am

    Any moron that yells at any time should be escorted off the course. Any fool that takes a picture without silent mode should be escorted off the course. The majority of golf fans would applause.

  23. Alex

    Feb 27, 2018 at 1:41 am

    Justin’s right but I’m afraid he’s just going to make things worse. The moronic fans will get on him the way they did Monty. But why does Golf have to be degraded by the mentality of team sports. If you want to verbally abuse an athlete, go to a Phillies game. Let Golf be different, an oasis of sportsmanship free of drunken idiots with no life.

  24. Mike

    Feb 26, 2018 at 11:34 pm

    Monty could hear a sheep change its mind according to Nick Faldo
    Only happens in USA mostly. However wait till Paris boy are the US guys going to get it!

  25. DTCMD

    Feb 26, 2018 at 9:20 pm

    Only empty headed losers condone that kind of behavior on a golf course, during a tournament. I see two here in the comments section.

  26. Marc

    Feb 26, 2018 at 8:11 pm

    What is Justin going to do this year in the Ryder Cup? Ask the European fans to be quiet so he can hit a shot? I don’t think so.

  27. Greg

    Feb 26, 2018 at 7:38 pm

    I hear sounds of babies crying at his future events. Weasel move. His reaction was overboard.

  28. Steve

    Feb 26, 2018 at 7:35 pm

    No it’s not overreacting and yes it is disrespectful. Seems to be getting worse too. What a moron.

    • Will

      Mar 14, 2018 at 9:39 pm

      Justin dropping the F-bomb after the win was equally disrespectful.!!!

  29. Mikee

    Feb 26, 2018 at 6:15 pm

    Take a lesson from the British fans at The Open

    • Dan

      Feb 26, 2018 at 7:25 pm

      It’s one thing to distract the players while swinging or getting ready, entirely another to root against players openly. I don’t see any issue with rooting for a ball to go in the bunker!

      • Axel

        Feb 27, 2018 at 12:37 pm

        So, if you and I were playing a round with money on the line and I am openly rooting for every one of your shots to be bad, you would be ok with that? Just because they are professionals doesn’t justify an idiot loudly rooting for someone to fail. Golf is supposed to be a gentleman’s game, not the same atmosphere as a Philly game.

      • wardman

        Mar 9, 2018 at 2:56 pm

        Agree – play the game, and want fans there for you, they can root against you too. Yup, noonan’s are all right by me. So are “in your face” when you make it.

    • Joe

      Mar 14, 2018 at 8:56 am

      hahahahaha

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It started last week at the Honda Classic when Rose put a TaylorMade SIM driver with Mitsubishi Kuro Kage in play. As of today’s first round at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, Rose has a mixed set including TaylorMade, Cobra, and Titleist clubs, along with an Axis1 putter.

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Inside look: Callaway Jaws MD5 wedges on tour…6 months after launch

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Callaway Jaws MD5 wedges hit professional golf tours months ago. We reported on the launch extensively (see our videos later in the article) with deep coverage on the PGA Tour and at retail. As with any new offering, and especially for the gearheads on GolfWRX, it’s the tour chatter that drives us. What the pros do, play, and think is always a driving force.

However…

Personally, I have always been fascinated by the aftermath of a launch. What are the reactions and tweaks that are made once the shine has worn off?  It’s not uncommon for players to need to warm up to a new product before it ultimately finds its way into the bag permanently.

When Jaws hit the scene, it integrated quite quickly, and that is saying a lot. The MD4 was a very successful wedge line on tour and at retail. It was a huge initial launch and one Callaway was happy with as a solid portion of its staff put Jaws in play straight away.

In my conversations with tour staff and techs, spin and lower ball flight has been a recurring theme. In the case of the Tour, being able to flight a wedge down and not have it float, while maintaining maximum spin, is a weapon. Imagine being at Honda last week and knowing you can hit a knee-high fastball with a 58-degree wedge and trust the ball will stay down, not skip, and will stop dead in its tracks. On tour, its the speed of the stop that is valuable, not ripping it backward—that is typically only fun for TV. Golf these days is more like darts and less like billiards.

As to be expected, the grinds on all Callaway wedges are tour favorites. It’s pretty simple to fall in love with something that comes ought of the mind of Roger Cleveland, who has been the driving force in putting Callaway consistently at the No. 2 most-played wedge on Tour.

But how has the MD5  really done thus far?

Let’s be clear, most guys don’t make switches late-summer or fall (when MD5 was launched on tour). The season is too far down the river and the coming winter gives them quiet time to really test. Also, when you work through the California swing, a good portion of the higher-ranked staff only poke their heads out once or twice. This doesn’t mean the guys on the truck aren’t building new products, but a good portion of it is for winter testing, emergency backups, etc.

But now we hit the Florida swing. The Masters is a month away. The world’s best start to show up consistently, the playing surfaces change from the West Coast to the East Coast, and all of these guys are in full attack mode. Any real testing or guesswork is pretty much done, and it’s time to get going. This is the time when you can actually see if a product has staying power.

The question is since Jaws hit the scene, what have the pros learned, what adjustments have been made to dial them in, and ultimately, is this wedge line a success? I wanted to tackle this question from two different perspectives: from the reps on tour and two young staff players that have them in play.

In this case, there is the guy on the Callaway tour trailer who is in charge of wedges, Simon Wood, and young tour staffers Akshay Bhatia and Min Woo Lee.

Three unique perspectives—and also perspectives that give us an honest look at the performance and popularity of a “new” wedge on Tour.

I talk with Simon Wood quite a bit. He’s a good as they get in this category, having worked for years in Europe and on the U.S. tour. His knowledge is extensive and even more importantly, he is ridiculously honest. If the product is solid and he believes in it, he will tell you. If he goes quiet, there’s that too.

I caught up with him on a day off and this was the update he gave:

Wunder: It seems MD5 came out of the gates quickly and never really slowed down, are you surprised at the response?

Wood: Not at all. Truth is, these players are very particular about what makes it in or out of the bag. A new club has to do something better than the old one and do all the things they liked about the old one. The Jaws really spins. This is a unique groove system, and I’ve noticed the players like it for two main reasons 1) They can keep the trajectory down on the high lofts 2) they can be a bit more aggressive because of the amount of spin these wedges offer. Out on tour that’s a big deal.

Wunder: What percentage of staff (25+players on U.S. Tours) are in the MD5 across the board?

Wood: I’d say close to 50 percent, which is a good number considering how many good options are out there.

Wunder: Now that we are in the Florida swing, are you having to do anything special to adjust to the new grass and conditions?

Wood: No its the opposite actually. I think with the grooves being as good as they are and the number of options we have grind wise, we on the truck are doing less tweaking and grinding to wedges. That’s a sign one the R&D team did a great job with this design and two that our players trust our product enough to let their creativity take over.

Wunder: Any surprise grinds that are popping up more often?

Wood: It’s not a surprise because we knew it was good, but the low bounce W has been a hit thus far. Lots of guys testing and gaming that one.

I then went on to chat with Callaway staffers Min Woo Lee (winning WITB, podcast link below) and Akshay Bhatia on their experience with Jaws. This perspective was interesting because Akshay is young, he’s fighting for a place to play this summer, and he’s still learning the nuances of playing as a professional. Min just recently won in Australia and has enough time under his belt now to understand a real asset over something he’s still trying to make work.

Point is: pressure is high on both of these kids, and the last thing either wants to struggle with is their wedges.

Wunder: You were an early adopter of the MD5 last fall, have you noticed any significant improvement over your previous gamers?

Bhatia: Trust is the biggest one. I love the shape of these wedges and just knowing that Roger and Phil have an influence on the wedges you are playing gives me so much confidence. From a performance standpoint, I like the variety in grinds the MD5 offers. Anywhere I play I have an option, whether it be X in soft conditions or C for the firmer turf.

Wunder: With the aggressive grooves of the MD5, what shots have you gained that you didn’t have before?

Bhatia: Definitely the off-speed/three-quarter shots with some spin. These wedges really keep the ball down and it’s a bonus when I know I can take something off of a shot and the ball will stay down and hold its line into the wind.

Wunder: And your current set up is?

Bhatia: Currently, I’m in the Jaws MD5 50S, 54S bent to 55, and the 60C or X depending on the conditions (KBS $Taper 130X shafts in black with Iomic grips) with some heel and toe relief in the X. I also like to mess around wit the PM Grind 60 if I’m looking for a different look.

Young Callaway staffer Min Woo Lee, who recently triumphed at the European Tour’s Vic Open, has this to say

Wunder: What ball flight differences do you see in Jaws over the past wedge set?

MWL: Overall the same. I like to pick my trajectory. So if I didn’t like it,  I wouldn’t have put it in my bag…need to have every shot at my disposal.

Wunder: Do you do any extra grinding to your S?

MWL: Just in the 60, there is a little leading edge relief ground in. Prevents it from digging and gives me a bit more ability to be aggressive into it.

Wunder: Are there any other grinds you tried?

MWL: I tried the low bounce W and really liked, but the S grind has been my go-to for a long time, I know how to play with that one.

Wunder: As far as full shot turf interaction, why do you prefer the S?

MWL: The S is always what I’ve been into looks-wise, nothing else really caught my eye like that grind did. I do pretty good chipping around with it around the greens and we have some history so why mess with a good thing.

Overall, I think the MD5 wedge line has been a success on tour. Let’s be honest, wedges arent drivers, but identifying a popular line over another is quite interesting. These guys can get a TV remote ground into something useable, so when there is a shift across the staff to a new model, it validates that the ideas in it are sound and the wedge performs like it says it will. For larger tour staffs like Callaway has, operating a 50 percent clip for full line use is a really solid number.

Let’s be clear here, Callaway hasn’t made a bad wedge…like ever. From X Forged to the MD line and now into Jaws, Roger and the team know what they are doing. In my experience with these wedges, I will say that the grooves are ridiculously aggressive, and as Bhatia mentioned, there is a grind to satisfy any conditions.

Do most OEMs make solid wedges? The answer is of course they do; they all do. But the advantage that Callaway has over the rest in this category is Roger Cleveland. Having the man who inspired some of the most iconic wedge shapes ever coupled with a superb R&D team yields a combination that will deliver quality and performance time after time.

Here are some pics from the forums of MD5 out on tour now.

Akshay BhatiaFrancesco Molinari
Brendan GraceIsaiah SalindaJ.J. SpaunAlex Noren
Chun An YunHenrik Stenson Matt Wallace 

Si Woo Kim

Check out the videos below to see me and one of our forum members put Jaws MD5 to the test!

 

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