Not cool. Never cool. pic.twitter.com/KnbhWM5LHL
— Skratch (@Skratch) January 28, 2018
Tiger Woods made his return to PGA Tour action and would finish the Farmers Insurance Open at -5 on Sunday. However, there was a cringe-worthy moment, where a fan yelled “get in the hole” before Woods hit a putt.
As you would expect Woods was visibly upset, and fans reacted with a bunch of jeers towards the fan. Look, I’m all for making golf fun, and I’ll all for cheery fans, but cheer after the dude makes his putt (which obviously he didn’t).
We automatically think that, if a sport doesn’t have loud, cheering fans at all times then it’s viewed as boring, so those people may justify what the fan did. However, when there are great shots hit, and amazing putts drilled, golf fans can be among the best cheers in sports, especially with the new age of golf fandom nearly upon us.
The quiet moments when a player is about to hit a putt is one of the most heart-thumping moments in sports, more so when it’s on Sunday in a major. Let’s keep it that way as the silence seems to stop time as the predator (the golfer) gets ready to attack its prey (the hole).
Then, when the putt drops, cheer your head off. This may seem boring to some, but the silent moments make golf stand out.
That said, I’m all for anything else, as I feel that there are numerous ways to make golf cooler. The European Tour has already created a ton of amazing new events that millennials such as myself would enjoy and the PGA Tour has continued to make the sport next generation friendly and I love it.
I’d say, having more par-3 competitions, allowing music on the golf course during recreational rounds (within limits, as you want to make sure that everything is fair for those who don’t want music on the course), and some fresh new on-course swagger are among the many things we can see in golf.
We are already seeing the swagger thing, as golfers are rocking Jordans and wearing cool hats and such. Letting PGA Tour and LPGA Tour pros have their own first tee walk-up music would be cool as well, even if it’s just a small thing.
In short, there are a ton of great things that can be done to make the sport more generation-y friendly. One thing that should remain, are those heart-pounding moments of silence. Even if this was taken away down the road, I’ll always love golf, as I am not a conservative, but that said, there’s nothing in sports quite like those moments.
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Graham DeLeat is one of the big hitters in golf and apparently has big enough balls to call out his peers.
DeLeat took to Twitter to talk about his disgust with Patrick Reed withdrawing from the Farmers Insurance Open. Many players stayed in the tournament despite the horrendous weather at Torrey Pines while Reed withdrew which is why DeLeat was upset.
Does anyone have Pat Reed’s #? I need to call him out for WD’ing and leaving us as a twosome in the final group off 10 in brutal weather.
— Graham DeLaet (@GrahamDeLaet) January 31, 2016
Here are more tweets from DeLeat on Reed’s withdrawal.
@Bailey_Ryan6 wrong, you play because you’re a pro.
— Graham DeLaet (@GrahamDeLaet) January 31, 2016
Things changed a little bit after as he then gave those a pass for those who would have withdrawn on the Monday round.
@GolfTruth Totally different now. Guys have a tournament to play next week. Gave it a go for 10 hours in bad weather today.
— Graham DeLaet (@GrahamDeLaet) February 1, 2016
Brandt Snedeker ended up winning the Farmers Insurance Open without hitting a single shot. As for Reed, he has not responded to DeLeat’s tweets.
Reed is a four time winner on the PGA Tour but was voted as the second most disliked player amongst his peers in a poll by ESPN. Bubba Watson received the most votes while Rory Sabatinni and Robert Allenby finished in third and fourth on the poll.
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Ryan Ruffels, a 17-year old Australian golfer who will make his PGA Tour debut at the Farmers Insurance Open, had one of the experiences of a lifetime by making a golf bet with Phil Mickelson.
Mickelson made a deal with Ruffels that, if he beat him, he’d pay him $5,000. But if Mickelson won, Ruffels would have to pay him $2,500 once he turned pro.
Ruffels ended up beating Mickelson in the end and got the $5,000 right out of the five-time major champion’s hand.
“I was a few down through nine but then I birdied six of my last seven to win by one shot and took his money, so that was pretty cool,” Ruffels said according to GolfDigest.com.
Certainly can’t blame him when you’ve hustled one of the all-time greats and took some of his cash. No doubt that the experience will give him a little boost heading into the Farmers Insurance Open for his PGA Tour debut.
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