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Tour commissioner Jay Monahan cracks down on ‘Brooksy’ heckling



In a Tuesday press conference ahead of this week’s Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, Georgia, PGA Tour commissioner addressed the heckling issue that has come to plague world number-six Bryson DeChambeau over recent weeks.

Monahan stated that disruptive or harassing behavior by patrons would no longer by tolerated and could result in immediate expulsion from the property.

“By coming to a PGA Tour event, you’re expected to contribute to a welcoming and safe environment by refraining from and reporting any unsafe, disruptive or harassing behavior. Comments or gestures that undermine the inclusive and welcoming nature of the game will not be tolerated, nor will any harassment of players, caddies, volunteers, officials, staff or other spectators,” Monahan said at the start of the press conference.

The commissioner went onto specify that calling Bryson DeChambeau “Brooksy” certainly qualifies as the disruptive and harassing behavior that has been deemed as grounds for removal from the tournament.

Monahan elaborated on the decision, “The reason I say yes is, the barometer that we are all using is the word ‘respect,’ and to me, when you hear ‘Brooksy’ yelled or you hear any expression yelled, the question is: Is that respectful or disrespectful? That has been going on for an extended period of time. To me, at this point, it’s disrespectful, and that’s the kind of behavior that we’re not going to tolerate going forward.”

Monahan concluded that this decision was part of a larger plan to update the fan conduct policy, an endeavor the Tour has been working on since the start of 2020, but was delayed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.


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  1. Layne

    Sep 1, 2021 at 12:14 pm

    When my kids were small I told them that if anyone ever called you names, don’t respond or act like it bothers you. After a while the bully will realize that his taunts don’t affect you and he/she will move on to someone else.
    I think Bryson should do the same thing. It worked for Nicklaus when everyone called him “fat Jack”.

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  3. Tyler Durden

    Aug 31, 2021 at 11:09 pm

    All you mental midgets need to read the article and the comments by the commish.
    This country is going downhill with all the ignorant people we have ruining it.

  4. Mike

    Aug 31, 2021 at 8:54 pm

    The Tour has picked its princesses. Bryson and Rory are the chosen ones and immune from scrutiny or humor.

    Clown World.

    • No_more_idiots_ever_yaaayyyyyy!

      Aug 31, 2021 at 11:13 pm

      Yeah you’re in it so it must be. Stay home and yell whatever you want at the TV.

      • Non-leftist (aka a thinking person)

        Sep 3, 2021 at 1:24 am

        We already know you’re staying home scared you might die from a fake virus… we get it buddy… you’re always right…. You leftists are big time freaks!!!

  5. Confused

    Aug 31, 2021 at 8:27 pm

    Where were your concerns when Reed was the target of “markedly” more vile and vicious comments?

    I’m a bit confused by the seeming selectivity of the PGA’s response here.

    • Tyler Durden

      Aug 31, 2021 at 11:07 pm

      Read the article dummy.

      • Confused

        Sep 1, 2021 at 12:43 pm

        Read the article, did you? My comment referenced the seemingly selective impetus for the PGA’s decision to act…

        “PGA Tour commissioner addressed the heckling issue that has come to plague world number-six Bryson DeChambeau over recent weeks.”

        Guessing the “Dummy” and “Mental Midgets”, you referenced, enjoy better reading comprehension than you gave them credit for.

    • CrashTestDummy

      Sep 1, 2021 at 1:22 am

      Yeah, I agree. Patrick Reed got a ton of quite bad backlash. However, I’m guessing the PGA thinks that was for sure the same category, but they just haven’t addressed it until now.

      I do agree with Monahan stepping in. The fans have been increasingly have become more disruptive which can really change outcomes of tournaments. Let the players all play on the same level playing field and let the best golf win.

  6. Fredo

    Aug 31, 2021 at 6:31 pm

    Lets see, the NFL was dubbed the ‘No Fun League’ now the PGA Tour can be called the ‘Please Go Away’ League…Oy Vey

  7. vandyland

    Aug 31, 2021 at 3:43 pm

    Can they just eject anyone that yells anything? That would be my preference. “Mashed Potatoes” “Bababooey” “Get in the hole” etc. Take it all away. Just clap and cheer, no one wants to hear your attempt at getting attention at golf tournament.

    • Brandon

      Aug 31, 2021 at 10:09 pm

      Totally agree, other than at the Waste Management event.

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LPGA Tour graduate hit with 4-shot penalty for having her kid’s club in bag



When trying to secure your card to become a professional golfer, every single stroke matters.

As reported first by GolfWeek’s Beth Ann Nichols, during the final round of the Copper Rock Championship on the Symetra Tour, Rachel Rohanna reached in her bag to discover her daughter’s 23 inch club. Being the 15th club in her bag, Rachel was forced to call over a rules official and receive the bad news: she had incurred a 4 stroke penalty for the mistake.

Rohanna’s three year old daughter, Gemelia has had to travel with her mom on the Symetra Tour all season. It has been a challenging year for Rachel who is trying to earn back her LPGA Tour card and raise a toddler at the same time.

Thankfully, this story has a happy ending. The loss of $900 due to the penalty didn’t impact Rohanna’s graduation to the LPGA Tour, who finished 10th in the money list for the Symetra Tour ($4,429 clear of 11th), to earn her LPGA card despite the costly penalty.

With the promotion, the 30 year old becomes the first mother to earn her professional card by going through the developmental tour.

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The 2021 ZOZO Championship betting tips & selections



The PGA Tour will head to Japan this week for just the second time in history to play the ZOZO Championship at Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club. The event was played at the course in 2019 but had to move to Las Vegas in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club is a par 70 measuring 7,041 yards and features bentgrass greens. The course has a unique design with five par 3’s and three par 5’s.

The ZOZO Championship is a no-cut event and will feature 78 golfers.

When analyzing the odds board, there doesn’t appear to be a whole lot of value at the top. Both Collin Morikawa and Xander Schauffele lead the way and are priced in the +600 range. Although both golfers are deserving favorites and more than capable, they are both priced too short for my liking. The field is small and a bit weaker than expected, which has made finding value on the board quite difficult this week. Therefore, I have made a smaller betting card with three selections as follows:

Tommy Fleetwood (+2500): It is common knowledge among PGA Tour fans that Tommy Fleetwood has never won a professional tournament on American soil to this point in his career. Luckily for Tommy, this week’s event will take place in Japan. 

The statistics for Fleetwood aren’t extraordinarily impressive of late, but he has had some solid finishes and seems to be playing better golf. I thought he played very well at the Ryder Cup from tee to green and followed that performance up with a 7th place finish at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. 

When the Englishman is at his best, he is a golfer who can get very hot with the irons and make birdies in bunches. This is a shorter course where he should be able to club down and keep the ball in the fairway. Fleetwood also has familiarity with the course, which most of the field does not and should provide a clear advantage. In 2019, Fleetwood finished in 22nd place at Narashino Country Club.

Statistics can be extremely helpful when making decisions about which golfers to bet, but at times it pays to go with your gut. I have an inkling that Tommy will have a great week in Japan and have a chance to win this week. 

Rickie Fowler (+3000): There is no denying that Rickie Fowler has been extremely inconsistent since his last PGA Tour victory in January of 2019. Last week we saw a glimpse of vintage Rickie en route to his third-place finish at The CJ Cup. It is absolutely fair to expect him to come back down to earth this week and show more of the inconsistency we have grown accustomed to. However, I do think we saw some signs last week that show he may be figuring his golf swing out and making a resurgence.

The most substantial reason why Fowler’s performance may not have been a fluke was his statistical performance from tee to green. An absolutely stacked field made the trip to Las Vegas last week, and Fowler ranked first among the field in Strokes Gained: Tee to Green, gaining a whopping 8.9 strokes. He also gained 8.3 strokes on the field in “Fairways Gained”, which should translate quite nicely to what he will need to do this week in Japan. Narashino Country Club is a tight tree-lined golf course that makes accuracy off of the tee essential. Fowler was in total control of the golf ball last week, and I expect that to carry over to the ZOZO Championship. 

There will be skepticism about his ability to actually win when he hasn’t done so in so long, but if there were ever a time to take a chance on Rickie, it is a week after he played his best golf in years and at a course that should perfectly complement his skill set. 

Carlos Ortiz (+6600): Carlos Ortiz really struggled on Thursday last week in Las Vegas but was excellent in the following three rounds and bounced back to finish in 25th place. The turnaround was due to a superb week statistically from tee to green. The 30-year old gained 6.1 strokes on the field in Strokes Gained: Tee to Green for the week. Additionally, he gained 4.6 strokes on approach, which was good for fourth in the field. The only part of his game that was subpar on the week was his putting, where he struggled and lost 3.4 strokes on the field with the flat stick. 

A strong reason to believe in Ortiz’ chances at Narashino Country Club this week is his recent performance in the Japan Olympics. Representing Mexico, Ortiz was in 1st place after round two of the event and looked like a strong challenger for the Gold medal. Although he fell apart on Sunday, he certainly showed enough comfortability playing in Japan to believe he could be a threat once again this week at Narashino Country Club.

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You will be stunned by this statistic from Rory McIlroy’s CJ Cup win



Rory McIlroy’s win at the CJ Cup was the 20th victory of his career on the PGA Tour, and with the Irishman finishing the event on 25-under par, you’d be forgiven for thinking that all parts of his game were firing in Las Vegas.

However, you will likely be surprised to find that one major department of his game was off all week at the event. Rory’s approach play at the CJ Cup lost the 32-year-old a mighty 3.58 strokes to the field, making his victory all the more stunning.

Per stats guru Justin Ray, that statistic is the lowest ever SG: Approach number of a PGA Tour winner from more than 600 Shot Link measured PGA Tour events across all four rounds.

So how good was McIlroy’s play off the tee and on the greens in Las Vegas? Very.

The Irishman produced his second-best display off the tee as well as his second-best performance on the greens of 2021. McIlroy gained 5.4 strokes off the tee and led the field in putting, gaining six strokes over his competitors.

The last time McIlroy gained more strokes on the greens came back at the Wells Fargo earlier this year, while before that, the only time he has bettered that display on the greens was back in 2018 at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

On each of those occasions, McIlroy won, which shows that when Rory is putting well, he’s tough to beat.

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