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



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



  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


    • 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


    • 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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19th Hole

2021 Hero World Challenge Betting: Former U.S. Open champ set to shine in Bahamas



19 of the world’s top 50, plus defending champion Henrik Stenson will be teeing it up in Albany, The Bahamas, this week for the Hero World Challenge.

The tournament is not an official PGA Tour event and does not award any FedEx Cup points, but it will count towards the Official World Golf Ranking. While offering World Ranking points for the event is a bit controversial, it does provide an incentive for some of the world’s best players to participate in the event.

Albany Golf Club is hosting the event and is located in a super-exclusive resort that both Tiger Woods has invested in and is also the host of the event.

The course is a Par 72 measuring 7,309 yards and features an unconventional setup with five par 5’s and five par 3’s. The course is described as having characteristics of both a desert golf course and a links golf course and winning scores have been between -18 and -25 since 2015, which was when Albany Golf Club started hosting the event.

Hero World Challenge Outright Betting Picks

Justin Rose +(2800)

Justin Rose comes into the Hero World Challenge as one of the handful of golfers who have been playing recently, having finished 12th a few weeks ago at the RSM Classic. The Englishman played quite well in the event, gaining strokes on the field in every measurable category, including an impressive 4.8 strokes from tee to green for the week. After a down year, Rose has shown some flashes of getting back on track, having finished 10th at Wyndham and 6th at Wentworth prior to his encouraging week at the RSM Classic.

In addition to some encouraging recent form for the 41-year-old, Rose has also shown that he loves Albany Golf Club. He has finished in the top 5 in his past three trips to Albany: boasting a 5th, 3rd, and 5th in the three starts. Rose’s comfortability at the course may be attributed to the fact that he was a longtime Bahamas resident. He shot a closing 62 on Sunday in the 2015 edition of the event, proving he has what it takes to go low here.

Both recent and course form are clearly in Rose’s favor this week, but there is another factor that pushes him over the edge for me: motivation. A major aspect of handicapping the Hero World Challenge is trying to determine who is there to enjoy a vacation with their family or significant other and who is there to compete for a victory. For me, it is quite clear that Justin Rose is there for the latter reason. Currently sitting at 47th in the Official World Golf Rankings, a good finish this week would go a long way. He has been remarkably consistent throughout his career and is in danger of falling out of the world’s top 50 for the first time in a decade.

While many in the field view the Hero World Challenge as a “hit and giggle” event, Justin Rose is there to hoist a trophy on Sunday.

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Tiger’s one piece of advice to his son that can help all golfers lower their scores



In his first media appearance since his terrifying car crash back in February, Tiger Woods opened up to GolfDigest on a range of topics regarding his health and future.

Woods has been near silent since the accident he suffered back in February but was spotted multiple times out on the course this year with his son, Charlie, who at the 2020 PNC Championship showed himself to be a very accomplished player.

While discussing his recovery from his injuries with Digest’s Henni Koyack, Woods revealed how the ability to watch his son hit balls was one of the things he sorely missed while undergoing rehab.

“But I’m just happy to be able to go out there and watch Charlie play, or go in the backyard and have an hour or two by myself with no one talking, no music, no nothing. I just hear the birds chirping. That part I’ve sorely missed.”

Charlie caught the eye of all golf fans back in 2020 with his spectacular play and his likeness to father Tiger in his mannerisms at the PNC Championship.

Tiger’s son has won multiple times on the South Florida junior circuit in 2021, and while talking to Golf Digest, Woods revealed how one piece of advice he gave Charlie has helped transform his scoring.

“I went to golf tournaments to watch him play, and I’m looking at some of these scores he’s shooting and I said, How the hell are you shooting such high scores? I gotta go check this out. So I’d watch him play and he’s going along great, he has one bad hole, he loses his temper, his temper carries him over to another shot and another shot and it compounds itself. 

I said, ‘Son, I don’t care how mad you get. Your head could blow off for all I care just as long as you’re 100 percent committed to the next shot. That’s all that matters. That next shot should be the most important shot in your life. It should be more important than breathing. Once you understand that concept, then I think you’ll get better.’ And as the rounds went on throughout the summer, he’s gotten so much better.”

That advice is an element that Woods has demonstrated throughout his illustrious career and an ability that has never ceased to impress his peers.

While speaking on the ‘Earn Your Edge’ podcast back in 2020, Jordan Spieth had his say on Tiger’s ability to vent and then reset instantly before hitting his next shot, saying:

“He’ll hit a shot, and he’ll let himself know about it. But it’s mad. It’s not, ‘I can’t figure this out.’ There’s no can’t. ‘Or I’m struggling with this.’ It’s literally just him to himself, gets the anger out and then moves on. I’ve never once heard him be negative.”

Perhaps the greatest example of Woods getting his anger out of his system and committing 100% to the next shot was at the 2020 Masters.

After Tiger recorded a 10 on the par 3 12th hole at Augusta, the 15-time major champ bounced back with birdies on 5 of his final 6 holes. Following his round, Woods told media: “You just have to turn around and figure out the next shot, and I was able to do that coming home.”

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Viktor Hovland has hilariously understated response when asked what he does for a living



Just a week after the social media rumpus that was The Match, a 12-holer where both protagonists and commentators sought to be the loudest of the group, it was humbling to hear of the modesty of the current world number nine, Viktor Hovland.

The 24-year-old has plenty to boast about having had a stellar first three years on tour, recording four wins (three PGA and one European) with a further seven top-three finishes and a trio of top-15 Major finishes.

Yet when the Norwegian was spotted at Nassau Airport on his way to the Hero World Challenge, renowned golf journalist Joy Chakravarty tweeted the star’s response to being asked what he did.

”I live in Oklahoma and play a bit of golf” was his simple response.

The Norwegian travels to the invitation-only event as the third favourite, just behind Rory McIlroy and Collin Morikawa and in front of both Bryson DeChambeau and Brooks Koepka.

Go figure.

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