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Thou shalt not Baba Booey at Augusta National

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Asked for his thoughts on spectator shouting and the recent uptick in heckling on the PGA Tour, Augusta National chairman Fred Ridley said, well, just about what you’d expect him to say.

“It’s something really that’s part of our culture. We believe that it’s important, not only here at the Masters, but in every tournament. I know there’s been some incidents recently, but we take that part of our policies very seriously, and we will always take action to make sure that all of our policies are enforced, including that one.”

In other words, the tournament committee doesn’t like what its seeing at other events, and if you unleash a “mashed potatoes” or root for a player’s ball to find a hazard, you’ll be heading for an early exit.

Ridley offered the Potter Stewart defense when ESPN asked him for specific examples of offending behavior.

“I can’t cite any specific examples, but when you hear something improper, you know what it is,” before reiterating that the club won’t hesitate to push the eject button.

All of this leads to an issue we’ve discussed in the past as part of the fan behavior debate: Augusta National, in addition to having clearly established policies, also has the manpower to adequately police fan, er, patron behavior.

Of course, those taking a high-view will say patrons at Augusta are more respectful because they are purer in their appreciate for the game. The low view is that, if you’re paying $1,000 for a ticket to a sporting event, you’re less likely to act like an idiot…even when beer costs four bucks.

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  1. Bob Parson Jr.

    Apr 7, 2018 at 10:55 pm

    Dilly, Dilly, stupid Ridley!

    Hats are for sale at http://www.bobparsonjr.com

  2. dat

    Apr 4, 2018 at 7:28 pm

    This should be a full blown tour standard. If you make an arse out of yourself, expect to have the door hit ya.

    • Man

      Apr 5, 2018 at 11:00 am

      Except that the Tour encourages the Frat boy oriented behaviour to come out at idiotic places like the WM Phoenix Open with the stadium surroundings and the players all being PC that the Tours enjoy those fans

      • Clancy

        Apr 5, 2018 at 11:14 am

        Then drop that event until organizers start showing a bit of decorum by enforcing etiquette rules.

        • Bob Parson Jr.

          Apr 7, 2018 at 10:58 pm

          Yeah, let’s make golf more elitist of what already is. What’s next? Minorities are going to be denied entrance into Augusta National, AGAIN?

  3. Gumbo

    Apr 4, 2018 at 6:09 pm

    Right on. However good luck finding any liberals that agree.

    • Josh

      Apr 4, 2018 at 6:37 pm

      I’m a liberal… And I agree

    • Getemgoose

      Apr 4, 2018 at 7:53 pm

      Liberal and I agree… point?

      • Gumbo

        Apr 5, 2018 at 6:52 am

        So liberals roll back their free speech march just for Augusta National. I bet you don’t feel the same about the invitation system. What if Augusta National decided no black members like they used to?? I bet the My house, my rules would not apply.

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The 7 best #GolfWRX photos on Instagram today (10.11.18)

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If you’re on Instagram, you’re hopefully aware that we are ‘gramming it up as well (@golfwrx). And if you’re not following us, well, that hurts our feelings more than a three-putt bogey.

Even if you do follow WRX on Instagram, however, you may not be aware that an abundance of equipment enthusiasts are hashtagging their photos #GolfWRX. We feel it’s only right to feature the best of the WRX-tagged imagery here.

And if you’re not on Instagram, well there’s no way you could see these photos, so think of this series as a handy filter for the best #GolfWRX photos from the past 24 hours.

Michael Martinez with a phenomenal custom Nike concept sketch in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month.

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Hispanic Heritage Month #golf #nikeshoes #leetrevino

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Worse than the blue screen of death…

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Sadness. #RadryGolf

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In the pantheon of golf tattoos, this one has to be featured prominently, no?

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Tattoo level: Tin Cup ???????? ???? via @pgamemes

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BB&F continues to reign as the ferrule king.

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Ferrule B

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Kraken’s latest ballmarker is hotter than a fire track.

With all due respect to aquatic creatures, these are the best kind of scallops.

A clean sole grind and stamping from Don White. Nothing like it.

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Made with a purpose.

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If you’re on Instagram, remember to hashtag your photos #GolfWRX. And if you’re not on Instagram, well, don’t.

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Report: No tickets will be sold for Tiger-Phil match

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Sorry, fans, you’re not going to be able to buy tickets to the Tiger Woods-Phil Mickelson $9 million megamatch at Shadow Creek in Las Vegas, November 23.

Per a report from the Las Vegas Review-Journal, only a “small gathering of sponsors and VIPs” will be allowed on course. The report also indicates that, in contrast to Phil Mickelson’s promised primetime (ET) showdown, the match will be played under the Nevada sun. The official start time is yet to be announced, ditto the PPV price.

We corrected the promo graphic below to eliminate the crowd. But right-handed Tiger Woods swinging a left-handed club still needs fixing.

Woods is the -220 favorite at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook. Mickelson is a +180 underdog.

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WATCH: Is this the craziest hole-in-one you’ve ever seen?

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Golfers often say that getting a hole-in-one is all luck. (Keep in mind that Tiger Woods, arguably one of the most skilled iron players ever, says he has 19 holes-in-one… so maybe not all luck.) But certainly there are some holes-in-one that are “luckier” than others.

And then there’s this shot by Eddie Pepperell at the 2018 British Masters…

Definitely a great shot, and he absolutely took dead aim, but how this golf ball found the bottom of the cup is mind-blowing. It seemed to bounce off the ground, go up the flagstick, hit the ground, then side hop itself right into the basket. Wow.

But is it crazier than the bank shot?

That one is hard to top.

Or how about the all-time classic Bugs-Bunny-assisted hole-in-one by Michael Jordan in Space Jam?

Looney Tunes aside, here’s what Pepperell had to say about his hole-in-one.

He may not have seen what happened at the time, but he’ll see it on highlight reels for years to come.

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