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Justin Thomas apologizes for having fan tossed. He shouldn’t be in this position.

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As we wrote Sunday, Justin Thomas had a fan tossed for heckling him at PGA National, and things have taken an interesting turn.

Prior to that, in case you missed it, Justin Thomas spoke out against unruly and “completely unacceptable” behavior from PGA Tour fans after the Genesis Open, so the incident at National was something of a rhapsody on a theme for JT.

Now, in the wake of the predictable social media backlash, Thomas is apologizing for singling out the spectator for an early exit.

Here’s was the Honda Classic champ said on Twitter.

PGA National sees its share of rowdiness, particularly at its 17th hole, a smaller-scale effort at imitating the Waste Management Phoenix Open’s 16th hole.

All of this is rather beside the point, however. The question posed by fan behavior at the Phoenix Open, or in a gallery following Tiger Woods, or by the muppet heckling Thomas is the same: How different do we want the standard for fan behavior to be in golf?

Good behavior, and a much higher standard than, say, a football game, has been traditionally expected of spectators. There’s no need to detail what this is for the average tournament-attending golf fan.

If “good behavior” is still what we want from player-following galleries, the PGA Tour would do well to install a firm policy and an apparatus for policing that doesn’t look like a lone 75-year-old man in a straw hat holding a “quiet, please” sign, lest players and caddies be put in the position of acting as bouncers.

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  1. Frank the headcover

    Feb 28, 2018 at 1:48 pm

    The guy owned his mistake, he and his fans will be better for it. Now lets play some golf and have fun!! Blare your speakers and break out the board shorts!! Yew!!

  2. BD57

    Feb 28, 2018 at 1:30 pm

    Golf is a different game.

    What other game expects the players to enforce the rules against themselves?

    Do wide receivers call PI against themselves for pushing off? Did Michael Jordan call traveling on himself? Does Aaron Judge tell the umpire “No, that pitch was a strike”?

    The “Mashed Potatoes” and other types now at golf tournaments are engaged in “Look at Me!!!” behavior. It’s not golf, and, guess what, there are plenty of people in the gallery who know that.

    Golf is not so desperate for fans that it can’t teach people what’s right and what’s wrong. Escorting people who insist on engaging in “wrong” is just fine, ESPECIALLY given the proximity golf affords fans to the players – something else golf offers fans which the other sports do not.

  3. Rich

    Feb 28, 2018 at 1:05 pm

    The Booze has put a kink into the enjoyment of golf for parents and their young children. I would love to take my grandsons but wouldn’t due to the drinking and loud foul actions of some attending.
    Golf is becoming more like saturday night at the local joint.

  4. jonsnow

    Feb 28, 2018 at 10:12 am

    There’s a place for the kind of spectators we are beginning to see at PGA Tour events, it’s the World Long Drive Championships in Mesquite. That or WWE. Thank goodness they are still in the minority but they sure are loud.

  5. Dave Henderson

    Feb 28, 2018 at 5:49 am

    so what’s it going to be? Mosh pits, crowd surfing, buckets of beer re Waste Management ( 650000 attendance for the week) Or, sedate average tour event (50,000 average attendance for the week).

  6. TexasSnowman

    Feb 27, 2018 at 1:35 pm

    the ‘crude-ification’ of the culture comes to golf…. sadly it was inevitable given the way things are these days. I want golf to be ‘different’; that has always been one of the attractive things about the game. the PGATour should be very proactive about defining spectator rules, policing this bad behavior and yes, ejecting fans that disregard the rules and etiquette that is expected.

  7. HTX Golfer

    Feb 27, 2018 at 1:26 pm

    Golf is a unique experience where you get to spectate from the playing field and often times you are just a few feet from the pros whether they are on the tee box or off the fairway. This isn’t just a decorum issue, but also a player safety and integrity of the competition issue. If you normalize this sort of behavior (heckling before, during, after a shot Happy Gilmore style), you invite all of the other boorish behavior that happens at other sporting events. The difference in golf is that this behavior can uniquely impact the competition unlike other sports (Courtside spectators get ejected if they interfere with the game; otherwise, you are probably a hundred feet or more from the action in pretty much any other sport). Also, if JT wanted the guy tossed, his caddie or someone else should have stepped in. The marshals at the Houston Open are pretty strict on the tee boxes and give everyone warnings before players approach the tee about not being an idiot etc.; bad look for this tournament to not have some more proactive marshals out there. Finally, if you want to be a drunk fool at a golf tournament, go find the beer garden with the other monkeys in the zoo…don’t do it on the tee box.

  8. CB

    Feb 27, 2018 at 11:59 am

    Stop selling alcohol. Search everybody to make sure they don’t bring any. Simples!

  9. Paul

    Feb 27, 2018 at 11:20 am

    No need to apologize, you did the right thing. Maybe these yelling fools will finally get it if more get tossed out the gate.

    • joseph dreitler

      Feb 27, 2018 at 12:53 pm

      Agree. I do not attend a golf tournament in person to be “entertained” by someone in the crowd who wants to be the center of attention yelling at the players. I want to be entertained by the golfers playing. This type of behavior has seriously infected NFL venues and they are seeing the negative results of too long tolerating people screaming obscenities, fistfights, dumping beer, throwing things and other things that most people do not want to expose their kids, their wife or themselves to, especially when they are paying a lot of money for “the experience”.

  10. alexdub

    Feb 27, 2018 at 10:59 am

    This issue has been percolating for years now, and I hope the tour starts to take some steps to mitigate some of the extreme behavior. The baba-booey and mashed potatoes patrons need to be gone. Here’s a suggestion: require all tour event attendance credentials to have a unique alcohol bar code. The bar code has to be scanned when a drink is purchased, and each bar code can only be used for 2 drink purchases.

    • Lopey

      Feb 27, 2018 at 11:14 am

      Lol, 2 drinks. Enjoy your empty golf tournaments.

      • alexdub

        Feb 27, 2018 at 11:24 am

        Lol empty golf tournaments

      • Paul

        Feb 27, 2018 at 11:24 am

        If you go there for the booze, try a bar instead and stay out of the golf courses. Your most likely one of the nuts yelling.

        • Jack Nicholas

          Feb 28, 2018 at 3:29 am

          Agree with you Paul and lame comments from Loopy Lopey and Dubstep Alex show them to be part of the problem.

  11. Andrew

    Feb 27, 2018 at 10:56 am

    What do you expect when you promoted the game to a bunch of trust fund brats and juvenile baby-boomers?

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The 6 best #GolfWRX photos on Instagram today (3.31.20)

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In this segment, we’ll be taking a look at some of the best #GolfWRX tagged photos on Instagram. In case you aren’t already, there’s a whole load of action going on at our page, so follow us: @golfwrx

Let’s get to it then, here are six of the best #GolfWRX photos from the past 24 hours.

Slick looking custom job from SNRG Design.

Great giveaway from Cayce Golf.

Raw lefty flatstick from NCW Putters.

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How about a raw lefty version?

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Dropping Friday from Sugar Skull Golf.

JT’s Rolex Yacht-Master 40 Dark Rhodium from the 2017 PGA Championship.

Beauty shots of Bayonne Golf Club courtesy of Ncr1183.

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Bayonne was built on an old sanitary landfill covered with 7 million cubic yards of fill, much of it dredged from the harbor to efforts to make the harbor deep enough for supertankers. The deposits were piled up to 10 stories high, which developer-designer Eric Bergstol then shaped into towering faux sand dunes. The course is an ode to Irish links, with no trees, cart paths or level lies. Fairways flow down narrow valleys, edged by steep slopes laden with tall, wavy fescues. Bunkers are deep and often fearsome. A few greens sit right above the harbor and all putting surfaces have confounding humps, bumps and rolls. Tucked away down a bumpy, unpaved road past a strip mall in blue-collar Bayonne, N.J. is this private, walking-only enclave.

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Get hashtagging your golf posts #GolfWRX for your chance to feature in our best of Instagram posts in the future!

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Phil Mickelson teases “The Match” Part 2

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With sports around the world currently at a standstill because of COVID-19, sports fans have been clamoring for any type of live-action. According to Phil Mickelson and a recent tweet he replied to, we could be seeing some live golf sooner than you might think.

We can take it for what it is right now—pure speculation, but Phil is known as a showman, and more often than not willing to back up some of his most interesting claims.

He even replied to a followup with “I don’t tease, I’m kinda a sure thing.” We will forgive the obvious grammatical errors since it was on Twitter and cross our fingers that if anyone could figure out a way to produce some live mic’d up golf its Phil.

My only hope is that after staff and production expenses are taken care of, there is a large charitable element to what could potentially be the Match Part II.

 

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Golf on social media: Joe Buck’s play-by-play on JT’s hairline, Stenson’s hilarious Tour story, and Kjeldsen’s great impressions

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We’re taking a look back at golf on social media over the last seven days, with some of the highlights from a week that featured trick shots, impressions and some questionable decisions.

Søren Kjeldsen giving us his best golf impressions.

Joe Buck giving us a play-by-play on Justin Thomas’ hairline.

Abraham Ancer with the questionable call of making and then posting this video.

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Quarantine day #13 #flipflip

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Euro Tour pro Robert Macintyre nailing this elaborate trick shot.

Brilliant ‘Tour Tale’ from Henrik Stenson.

Justin Rose showing off his tidy trick shot skills.

 

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