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Jordan Spieth offers Bryson advice and reveals the player who gets heckled most

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Jordan Spieth was playing with Bryson DeChambeau when some golf fans decided to taunt the 27-year-old with shouts of “Brooksy” at Muirfield Village, and during the round he took the time to offer Bryson some salient advice.

The Texan is one of the most loved characters in the game, but when his form dipped on the course, Spieth told reporters at Memorial that he was the subject of abuse from hecklers.

“I’ve had people tell me I suck to my face for a long time, so I don’t — you know, I mean, nothing, you just kind of zone everything out.

The fans’ trolling of Bryson on Friday may not have been the most vicious, but Jordan had one wise piece of advice for DeChambeau: Don’t give them any reaction, or it will quickly escalate.

He (Bryson) mentioned it to me at one point and I said, ‘All anyone wants is a reaction and if you give it to them, it’s going to get worse.’ So it didn’t seem to bother him.”

Spieth also revealed the player he has played with that receives the worst abuse from golf fans, and perhaps not surprisingly, it’s the highly polarizing Patrick Reed.

“I feel like, as far as pairings go, I would say if you’re paired with Patrick you hear some of the worst stuff — Reed, not Cantlay — from the crowd.”

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Gianni is the Assistant Editor at GolfWRX. He can be contacted at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @giannimosquito

21 Comments

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  1. CrashTestDummy

    Jun 11, 2021 at 11:40 pm

    Nobody likes a counter protester or counter stalker.

  2. growupwillya

    Jun 9, 2021 at 10:25 pm

    Any yelling nonsense right after impact–gone.
    Any rude comments–gone.
    Any wishing the ball to go somewhere bad–gone.

    Each ticket holder gets a bracelet with 2 tear-off ration tags for alcohol. No tags, no beer.

    This is golf not baseball.

    • ItsBedTime

      Jun 10, 2021 at 12:05 am

      Ok buddy, we don’t need to go to the opposite extreme. Somewhere in between will do.

    • Karl Marx

      Jun 10, 2021 at 2:20 pm

      Communist

    • drkviol801

      Jun 10, 2021 at 8:49 pm

      You have to live in Southern California , or New York. Get off your high horse and don’t talk down to us thinking you’re morally superior to everyone.

      • growupwillya

        Jun 11, 2021 at 12:10 am

        I live in Adultown, USA. Talk down to US? Are you a drunk moron who loves screaming Babbabooey?

      • PJ

        Jun 15, 2021 at 8:12 pm

        Sounds like you have an inferiority complex drkviol801

    • WillNotGrowUp

      Jun 16, 2021 at 12:51 pm

      This is why golf isn’t ruled just by people who yell at others to tuck in the back of their shirt

      • Reality

        Jul 8, 2021 at 8:22 am

        Bro, I think the computer screen is saying it’s your turn. We’re at Top Golf, your favorite place. Remember when you almost fell over the edge after all those beers on your birthday?

        Also, your corn dogs are ready.

  3. Snapjack

    Jun 9, 2021 at 1:37 pm

    I blame Phoenix for starting this trend. Fans should been seen, not heard.

    • D12

      Jun 9, 2021 at 10:11 pm

      BINGO

    • Agreed

      Jun 10, 2021 at 12:12 am

      Yeah we should shrink the game

      • Reality

        Jul 8, 2021 at 8:35 am

        Fine, we can keep the dudes who “peaked in high school” and wear white Oakleys or the sake of “growing the game”..

        But, you need to play the 5.5+ hour rounds with them and really listen as they say “Bro! The bev cart girl totally wants it from me. Did you hear the way she said, “Here you go, honey…” as I ordered my Snickers??”

        In the wise words of Shooter McGavin, here is a message to hecklers – Damn you people! Go back to your shanties.

  4. Skip

    Jun 9, 2021 at 1:14 pm

    Escort abusers off of the premises. Don’t let golf turn into an NBA spectacle. Golf is one of the few sports that promotes both etiquette and a sense of decorum.

  5. Bob Jones

    Jun 9, 2021 at 10:08 am

    Do you think this stuff would go on at Augusta? They would have a heckler off the premises in two minutes flat and his feet wouldn’t even touch the ground on the way out.

  6. Security

    Jun 9, 2021 at 7:52 am

    This kind of behaviour, at all levels, would be unaccepted on the European Tour, LPGA, etc.

    The PGA needs to get this sorted, or they risk a huge incident.

  7. Paul

    Jun 8, 2021 at 4:17 pm

    Fans who heckle are idiots in deep need of attention and relevancy.

    • Paulette

      Jun 11, 2021 at 12:27 am

      Similar to anonymous posters on a third tier golf equipment marketing forum.

      • Pauly

        Jun 12, 2021 at 10:53 pm

        +1 bahahahahah

      • Uncle Paulie

        Jul 8, 2021 at 8:18 am

        I think Paulette (and other hecklers) just wish Coach would have put them in the big State Championship game. Things would be so different for them, y’know?

        Then again, selling Life Insurance for Northwestern Mutual is a great gig. So, maybe it was for the best in the end.

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Lamborghini set to build golf carts with solar panels

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One of the most iconic high-performance car brands has officially entered the golf cart business. That’s right, Lamborghini is partnering with Kinetic Green Energy, an Indian electric-vehicle manufacturer.

Kinetic Green CEO Sulajja Firodia Motwani told Bloomberg Television that their new venture would create “beautifully differentiated golf carts,” which will also feature solar panels.

It is not a surprise to see luxury car brands enter this space, as golf carts are reportedly a $3 billion market.

The Lamborghini-Kinetic Green golf cart collaboration has yet to attach an official name to their partnership. Distribution is set to begin in 2020, and the golf carts are expected to be sold at airports, hotels and resorts.

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LPGA pros react with ambivalence to USGA’s new driver-length rule

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The USGA announced earlier this week that they would be implementing a local rule that limits the driver shaft to 46 inches. While Phil Mickelson was among some of those who were in outrage with new stipulation, LPGA tour pros were far more ambivalent.

The Korda sisters commented on the controversial issue during their press conference for the Aramco Team Series. “No drama,” Jessica stated. “It doesn’t affect us,” Nelly added. This appears to be a common response in the women’s game, which caters to a more finesse and strategic style of play, as opposed to the “bomb and gauge” approach that many PGA Tour pros have employed.

“I would only see something like that as a problem if 90 percent of the field played with something like that. I don’t really see it as a big point. You can do way more with other things– limiting driver heads or balls, stuff like that. I don’t think this rule will change much, especially in the women’s game,” said Anne van Dam, who also happens to rank first on the LPGA Tour in driving distance.

Sophia Popov seemed to sum up the LPGA’s common sentiment best, “I don’t care, because I don’t have a drier that’s longer than 46 inches. I know I heard some criticism on the men’s side, but for us, the shorter the driver is, the harder you can hit it. I don’t think it’s that big a deal… It’s something I just watch from afar and watch on Twitter and laugh about.”

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Introvert vs Extrovert – Study shows what brand golfers buy based on personality type

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A recent study conducted by Stephen Smith, chief psychologist at the UK-based Sports Psychology Ltd (SPL), sought to determine the brand preference of golfers based on them having either an extrovert or introvert personality.

As reported by FirstCallGolf’s Ken Klavon, Smith, who has worked as a psychologist to professional athletes in golf, Formula One, rugby, and football, posted a short questionnaire with questions on golf equipment preferences focused on around 15 brands, followed by a level of personality questions. 

The study focused on three main character identification questions for the personality section: Introvert versus Extrovert, Pragmatic versus Visionary, and Logical versus Idealist.

After receiving “hundreds upon hundreds” of responses, the data, matched up with their favored golf equipment, showed the following results:

Introverts

Ping was the preferred brand of 40% of those who were identified as introverts, while Titleist was next up for introverts, with 18% of those naming the brand as their favorite.

Extroverts

Callaway and TaylorMade were brands that 40% of those identified as extroverts chose as their favourites.

Smith’s data also concluded that “60 percent of golfers are sensory pragmatics who will be driven by the look, feel and sound of any equipment” and that golfers are by and large a group of consumers driven by a futuristic vision.

Amongst his takeaways, Smith said:

“This study shows that golf needs to be much more sophisticated in its understanding of the customers it is connecting with, and in the way it communicates to build that connection.

How do you get personalities to react to something, particularly a piece of equipment? No doubt the 2020s may be the decade when the psychology of design will be as important as the engineering that underpins it.”

Find out more about the study here.

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