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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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Pat Perez: The R&A “do it right, not like the USGA”

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Pat Perez opened The Open, as it were, with a 2-under 69, and at the time of this writing, he’s 4 under for the second round and tied for the lead.

Clearly, there’s something Double P likes about links golf. And when he was asked whether he was surprised by how receptive the greens at Carnoustie were after his opening round, Perez shook his head with conviction and said.

“They (the R&A) do it right, not like the USGA…They’ve got the opposite [philosophy] here. I told them, you guys have it right, let the course get baked, but you’ve got the greens receptive. They’re not going to run and be out of control. They could have easily had the greens just like the fairway, but they didn’t. The course is just set up perfect.”

“The U.S. Open could have been like this more if they wanted to. They could have made the greens a bit more receptive,” Perez said. “These greens are really flat compared to Shinnecock. So that was kind of the problem there is they let it get out of control and they made the greens too hard.”

Pat Perez has no problem speaking his mind. While it has gotten him in trouble in the past, you have to respect his candor. The interesting question, as I asked in the Morning 9, is how many Tour pros agree him?

Sure, it’s unlikely any of Perez’s compatriots will join him publicly in his “R&A does it right, USGA does it wrong” stance, but it’d be very interesting to know what percentage are of the same mind.

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68 at the British Open in the morning, golf with hickories at St Andrews in the afternoon

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Yes, golf fans, just another day in the charmed life (or week, at least) of one Brandon Stone.

Stoney (as I assume his friends call him), came to Carnoustie on the heels of a final-round 60 to win the Scottish Open. All he did in his opening round was fire a 3-under 68. Not bad!

But his Thursday to remember was only getting started as Stone made the 25-mile trip south to the Old Course to peg it…with a set of hickory clubs! Well played, sir, well played.

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Jean van de Velde’s 1999 British Open collapse is still tough to watch in LEGO form

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Gather ‘round, golf fans, for the saddest British Open story ever told–in LEGOs.

Maestro of the plastic medium, Jared Jacobs, worked his singular magic on Jean van de Velde’s notorious final-hole collapse at Carnoustie in 1999.

The interlocking plastic brick cinema begins after van de Velde’s approach shot has caromed off a grandstand railing to land on the opposite side of the Barry Burn.

 

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