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Baba Booey for Life! Does this GolfWRX member have a point?



Oh boy, here’s a heater. On the subject of Baba Booey-ing at golf tournaments, WRX member Stickner started a thread, writing

“For those that think nois.e while a player hits shouldn’t be allowed, you must also believe that fans should NEVER make noise.

“A player with a large gallery jars a 70 footer for eagle to take the lead. The crowd erupts! This should not be allowed.

“Why you ask? There are other golfers well within earshot of the noise. This could disrupt their game. Why does the nearby player you can see deserve the “courtesy of quiet” but the one 400 yards away that you can’t see doesn’t?

“We have all seen players back off because the crowd erupted on another hole. What happens when that eruption happens in the backswing right before the player is about to transition to the downswing? Those boisterous hooligans need to keep their traps shut as this is a gentleman’s game right?

“Being quiet while someone plays golf is silly. My guess is that the elitist snobs that played this game a century ago needed a scapegoat when hitting a bad shot and noise became their scapegoat.”

He wraps his rant in, well, the most appropriate way possible: “BABA BOOEY FOR LIFE B&^%HES!”

Now, this flies in the face of the “isolated noise during the golf swing is extremely distracting” argument that is popularly leveled in defense of silence. But let’s see what GolfWRX members think about Stickner’s comments.

MtlJeff says

“While i am not in favor of intentionally yelling during a swing, your point is an interesting one. I hadn’t really thought of it like that, the loud roars often get overlooked when it comes to the “distracting noise” narrative.”

Eagle1997 says

“Planned vs. Spontaneous. Jabroni Factor only applies to one.”

Blackngold_blood says

“I am fine with cheering for a great shot or groaning for a bad one. My problem with…bababooey and mashed potatoes is the fact that it has nothing to do with GOLF! All the person is doing is screaming “Look at me, I need attention!” Or how about the even less classy “How’s your ankle” that was shouted at Finau after he hit his last approach to 18. I get the point that these are professional athletes and golf is becoming more mainstream but the immature comments need to stop.”

Naptime says

“Background noises and distant noises can be perceived as while noise. If you play next to a highway you adapt and become less aware of it. But if a trucker blasts a horn in your swing it would startle and at least for me would probably result in a hot grounder to third base. Yelling Baba Booey or any other lame comment after a swing doesn’t startle the swinger, just make the shouter sound like a doofus who can’t hold his alcohol.”

What do you think, GolfWRX members? Does Stickner have a point? Should the rules of the wider sports world apply to golf, or does golf fandom require a particular understanding of when to be quiet and when to cheer?

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  1. The Head Fanatic

    Jun 26, 2018 at 9:26 pm

    Stickner and anyone else who supports the Baba Booey BS are clueless because they obviously don’t know the first thing about how the mind works while executing a golf shot. Dimwits like them who can’t play a lick probably have 14 swing keys on the backswing and 14 swing keys on the downswing. Good players, by contrast, load a visual or kinesthetic image into their subconscious and lock onto that single image throughout the swing. Anything from a camera click to a phone ringing and especially a Baba Booey from a clueless moron clears/scrambles/replaces that image and the player will most likely hit a bad shot. They will almost certainly hit a shot less well than they would have if they didn’t have to hear the moron yell Baba Booey!, Get in the Hole! or any such nonsense. THAT is why it is inappropriate. Basketball, baseball and football are another matter altogether. Now, if in a tennis match, you had one of these morons yelling during a player’s serve he would be removed from the stands. The same needs to happen with the Baba Booey morons at golf tournaments.

  2. ogo

    Jun 25, 2018 at 3:17 pm

    Hey….. the fake news reporters scream at POTUS at press conferences… so why not same for pro golfers?!!

  3. Bob Jones

    Jun 25, 2018 at 3:09 pm

    Yes, it’s the “Hey, look at me” crowd that never matured beyond nine years old that thinks this is remotely funny.

  4. stevez

    Jun 25, 2018 at 12:03 pm

    As long as its AFTER the swing, ba ba booey to y’all.

  5. K

    Jun 24, 2018 at 11:37 pm

    Boot them INSTANTLY!! If i was mid swing and some random dumb@ss yelled out some stupid sh*t after someone else near by hit a shot and it ended up costing me $50k OR MORE Id probably end up going all Shooter McGavin vs. beach ball on that persons head.

  6. joe

    Jun 24, 2018 at 4:35 pm

    The yelling out is done mostly be macho jurks who only play mini-putt and can’t break 100 on a real golf course. You can spot them easy cuz they have pot bellies.

  7. ken

    Jun 22, 2018 at 11:20 pm

    I am so sick of the worn out over used “mashed potatoes, ba ba booey, etc yelling from attendees at golf tournaments.
    some were funny at one time. Now idiots just yell these things so they can tel their buddies. “dude did you hear me on tv at #12!!!!?
    Yeah, ya moron, we ALL heard you. Have another beer, ya drunk jagoff.
    I say, yell it out, throw ’em out.

  8. artvandalai

    Jun 22, 2018 at 1:42 pm

    Could a thought on the matter be more wrong? Must be a special occasion.

    Somebody who yells in the middle of a back swing would be doing it to purposefully disturb the player. A couple thousand fans yelling on another part of the course are not doing it for that reason.

    Your welcome.

  9. Rusty

    Jun 22, 2018 at 11:47 am

    Yelling should result in immediate apprehension and the violator subjected to a breathalyzer test…I’d the test is failed, which is most likely, they should be turned over to the local police and charged with Public Intoxication.

  10. Ron

    Jun 22, 2018 at 10:40 am

    I wonder…….is he a golfer? If so, has he ever been startled by a loud noise in his backswing? If so…his reaction? Is he a golf fan or just a celebrity-watcher? Their stupid, loud, utterances also disturb surrounding fans as well as, potentially, the players. THROW THE BUMS OUT!!

  11. Dave r

    Jun 22, 2018 at 10:10 am

    Agree throw the idiots out . Totally uncalled for rude inconsiderate bunch of mutts. Could hardly watch the golf or was it a circus missing wind mills and a clown to be supplied by the usga at the next open.

  12. Boyo

    Jun 22, 2018 at 8:29 am

    Trow da bums out!@

  13. Sven Olsen

    Jun 22, 2018 at 7:54 am

    How come this fenomenon is mainly American? To me, it seems like the ice hockey crown transfers to golf during the summer period – notorious are the drunken idiots at Ryder Cup. Look at the Open – look at European golf tournaments, or for that matter, the Asian ones – of course, there are a few screamers there, too, but generally the public applauses politely.

  14. Paul

    Jun 22, 2018 at 7:51 am

    Eject and place on all-event blacklist.

  15. Ianoue

    Jun 22, 2018 at 7:46 am

    How is Stickner even allowed a platform?

  16. GolfGolfGolf

    Jun 22, 2018 at 5:36 am

    If ONLY every tournament was ran like the Masters. The US Open was by far the worst for idiots screaming the stupid stuff. Seems most of them were there just for drinking and screaming. I’m for tossing these idiots out.

  17. DGolfer

    Jun 21, 2018 at 7:06 pm

    People who shout baba booey and the other nonsense are acting like jerks. Period. Acting like a decent human being doesn’t make you an “elitist snob.” There were times when the 2018 US Open was almost unwatchable because of the pointless shouting of stupid things. Stop it. Just stop.

  18. TexasSnowman

    Jun 21, 2018 at 5:46 pm

    throw them out! It is a sick world and getting sicker, let’s TRY to preserve Golf as different from the real world.

  19. JThunder

    Jun 21, 2018 at 5:37 pm

    Televised golf events are full of people who desperately want it (and everything) to be about them. There is absolutely zero correlation between the crowd cheering a putt on an adjacent hole and a drunken buffoon screaming some nonsense (or offensive) at the top of their lungs while everyone around them is silent. This is all about attention – “hey, everyone, look at me! Laugh at me! I can’t wait to get home and hear myself on TV and Howard Stern!” No different than people making stupid faces or yelling in the background of a serious newscast.

    Responsibility falls to poor parenting, poor education, and perhaps mostly to how our current culture and media react. The more attention they get, the more it will happen. Take a look down Pennsylvania Ave for more proof.

    “Baba Booey for Life B***ches”, indeed. The white trash circle will be complete when someone yells “Grab ‘Em By The P****” at an LPGA major.

  20. Sour Grapes

    Jun 21, 2018 at 2:56 pm

    People do not yell baba booey for the personal attention. Howard plays the baba booey golf shouts on his show regularly. As a Stern Show fan, I say keep hitting ’em with the Hein and a baba booey to you all.

  21. Bob

    Jun 21, 2018 at 2:51 pm

    Ejection, Castration and placed in a fire ant pile until death.

  22. Blake

    Jun 21, 2018 at 2:26 pm

    yelling just for attention should result in ejection and castration

  23. fox_todd

    Jun 21, 2018 at 12:30 pm

    I agree with Eagle1997. I am in favor of the “bababooey” ejection.

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



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



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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Sung Kang finally responds to cheating allegations



Sorry to interrupt your regularly scheduled British Open programming, but Sung Kang stated today he still doesn’t think he didn’t anything wrong. “I followed the rules by the rules official…I think I did the right thing,” he said after his opening round at The Open.

Joel Dahmen, if you recall, accused the 31-year-old pro of taking a bad drop at the 10th hole during the final round of the Quicken Loans National.

The comments were Kang’s first public remarks since a statement co-released with the PGA Tour which said, “He is standing by the ruling that was made by PGA Tour Rules officials on Sunday and will have no further comment.”

While he stopped short of giving his side of the story, Kang did indeed make “further comment.”

Here’s some of what he said.

“I did not want to say anything bad about Joel. Because there can be difference of opinions. But the way he just said it on Twitter was not right. There can be different opinions. And also, it was made a decision by the rules official. So nothing was wrong.”

“I really want to say a lot of things about it, the truth about what happened, but no comment because I’m not going to say anything. I think I made the right decision. … Even when I say something, a few people still kind of think i still did something wrong. And if someone believes in me, they aren’t going to trust what Joel said.”

“No matter what I say, some people are going to trust it, some people are not going to trust it. And then I’m going to be thinking about it more and more. So I’m just focusing on my golf game.”

The British press asked Kang if he wishes he had done anything differently.

“No. Why? I did the right thing,” Kang replied.

Now, I’m not here to argue one way or the other, but the rules official wasn’t in position to do anything other than leave things at the player’s discretion, which he did. So, it’s misleading–if not downright deceptive–for Kang to suggest otherwise.

The official didn’t see the shot. There was no video of it. The only thing he had to rely on was the accounts of those who did see it. In a situation where accounts vary, and with the Rules of Golf relying on player integrity as they do, all he could do was leave the ball in Kang’s court. Thus, the decision as to where to drop was wholly Sung Kang’s.

Again, this isn’t to say the drop was necessarily bad, bad to play the “decision by the rules official” card is, well, a bad drop.


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