It was an awesome week at Hazeltine apart from a few unsavoury moments amongst the crowd.
It was a historic day for the Ryder Cup. America managed their biggest winning margin in 36 years, a legendary moment for a team that has struggled until recently. Sergio Garcia and Phil Mickelson played one of the best singles games I have ever seen, and don’t get me started on Rory McIlroy and Patrick Reed. WOW.
It was a great Ryder Cup and the Americans played better golf throughout the three days. Plain and simple. The only sour note came from a select number in the Minnesotan crowd, whose behaviour tarnished the world’s perception of US golf fans.
— NateTheGreat (@NatE_AndersoN22) October 1, 2016
You can hear this nimrod shout “suck a d***” and “you’re a wee man”, as well as attributing Rory’s last shot to the reason “Wozniacki [his former fiancée] left your ass”. Thankfully this skid mark was ejected!
People say that this behaviour is the result of trying to grow the game. They argue that you can’t encourage a broader audience without the odd bad apple making it through the gates. This was despite organisers making a first-tee announcement about good conduct and posting reminders about being respectful on the electronic scoreboards dotted around the course.
— Emily Kay (@golfexaminer) October 1, 2016
It got Rory fired up and he even encouraged it after Friday’s play. That’s why it was strange to see him double-back and confront the fan.
People say golf lives on a pedestal where we think our game is immune from the type of instances you will see at any baseball game. Does a home team deserve a home advantage? My experience of Gleneagles in 2014 was very different to the atmosphere found at Hazeltine…I mean they even clap the opposition in Scotland.