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Sunday
Dec022012

GMac Declares Enough To The Stupid Gallery Shouters!

Following his impressive win in the World Challenge Presented by Northwestern Mutual, Graeme McDowell was asked about several topics and was as engaging as usual.

But I know a lot of you are tired of "You The Man" types and GMac agrees.

And let's hope there's not too much more of that going on out there.  I'm kind of fed up with all this "mashed potatoes" and all this rubbish that the crowd are kind of enjoying shouting right now.

Keegan had a guy out there who was  after every shot he was yabba dabba doing and it was just stupid.  It's something for the players, it's not a lot of fun and it's kind of becoming a little bit of a cool thing to do for the spectators.  It kind of gives them their two or three seconds of fame.  But it gets a little frustrating for everyone.

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Why have Dan Hicks/Maltbie/NBC chosen to refer to Keegan Bradley's routine as "intensity" or "going into the zone". The reality is it is obnoxious OCD behavior that looks absolutely awful on television and makes for slow play.
12.2.2012 | Unregistered CommenterD.
Anyone here at the tourney today? ADG?
12.2.2012 | Unregistered CommenterDel the Funk
Just in case anyone wasn't aware Hord Hardin, I mean Tom Selleck is a founding member of Sherwood Country Club...
12.2.2012 | Unregistered CommenterHilltop
i was there today and heard a "mashed potatoes" after Gmacs 3rd into 16. there was a lot of other pointless shouting going on as well. it gets really old
12.2.2012 | Unregistered Commentercameron
Lets just put this puppy of a tournament to sleep...I'm sure GMac will cherish the grotesque Mexican kitsch trophy
12.2.2012 | Unregistered Commenterjjshaka
Of course it's all to do with the excess of alcohol which is so freely available all round the courses these days. But the TV announcers call the drunken behaviour atmosphere and character. I call it loutish rudeness, and I didn't invite a bunch of drunks into my living room when I want to watch golf. The worst of all is that tournament in Arizona (Phoenix?) where everyone appears to be completely sloshed. If I were a player I'd just pass on it.
12.2.2012 | Unregistered Commenterfourputter
Is any more (or less) alcohol available daily at The Masters in the last decade vs. two decades ago?

This ain't an alcohol issue, it's an enforcement issue.... (or lack thereof)
12.2.2012 | Unregistered CommenterDel the Funk
It's a revenue issue. Wouldn't take rocket science to reduce the alcohol content of the cretinous fans, but it would deplete the coffers.
12.2.2012 | Unregistered CommenterGhillie
It's a society issue. The preponderance of *&^%$#$ in the population is larger now than it was in years past.
12.2.2012 | Unregistered CommenterMilton
Baba Booey
12.2.2012 | Unregistered CommenterPABoy
Ghillie, what percentage of revenues do you think alcohol accounts for at a PGA Tour event? 1%? 5%? 22%? Some other number?
12.2.2012 | Unregistered CommenterDel the Funk
Doesn't matter. It's + not - . Same reason some theatres run two intermission instead of one. More is always wanted.
12.2.2012 | Unregistered CommenterGhillie
Well, Keegan said he liked the Babba Booey...so blame him.

Mashed Potatoes!!!
12.2.2012 | Unregistered CommenterJRP
I'm with Del on the enforcement

And by your response, Milton, you are a part of the preponderance.
I wish you profound happiness.
12.2.2012 | Unregistered CommenterFreud
Ghillie, profits for a tour event from alcohol sales are a rounding error.....meaningless (except for maybe Phoenix). Now I'm not going to deny that if an event (let's call it Bay Hill, or maybe Riviera) said "we have a no alcohol available anywhere on the grounds", it would negatively impact ticket sales, that's a fact -- but in the overall context alcohol doesn't materially affect the "coffers".

Milton's assessment is complementary to lack of enforcement.
12.2.2012 | Unregistered CommenterDel the Funk
I love the fact that, at the Ryder Cup, Keegan spent all his time whipping up the crowd and (effectively) encouraging them to create a hostile environment for the Europeans. Yet as soon as they start turning against him, it's "outrageous".

While I'd like to see Adam Scott continue to putt well once he goes back to the short stick, I (& many others) don't feel the same about Keegan.
12.2.2012 | Unregistered CommenterStord
It's an issue issue.
12.2.2012 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
One of these years, I will finally attend this event or Riviera. One of these years, hopefully it won't rain for either tourney :)
12.2.2012 | Unregistered CommenterDavid
Easy/Fun Solution: Issue pantball guns to ex-boarding school headmasters working as gallery marshals....a yellow pellet exploding on one's chest indicates first warning/strike. A red paintball shot into the mouth/throat indicates time to shut up and leave.

a man can dream can't he?
12.3.2012 | Unregistered Commenterjohnnnycz
Give me a break, this is a free country - we can say whatever we want out there. These PGATour professionals are making more than enough money.. they can handle a little humor out on the course.
12.3.2012 | Unregistered Commenterjw4488
@Stord I sure hope you'll feel the same in 2014 when Poulter is whipping up the Euro fans.
12.3.2012 | Unregistered CommenterHilltop
Regarding alcohol on the course and it's ramifications. I suspect the demographics of the crowds at Phoenix and Augusta are quite disparate.
12.3.2012 | Unregistered CommenterAverage Golfer
jw4488 First, the pros can deal with it, its the fans that are more annoyed.

second, the bigger issue is that people like you call this humor. its stupid, mindless shouting that is annoying, all for someone to get a little attention. Its the guy yelling something out then turning to his buddy and laughing thinking he just did something humorous...its about as cool as popping your collar while you out.
12.3.2012 | Unregistered CommenterCharlie
johnny, that's hilarious....what a visualization!
12.3.2012 | Unregistered CommenterDTF
Let's just call this a minor occupational annoyance for men whose jobs involve playing a game which 99.9% of the golfing population pay large amounts of money to play.

I am confident these professionals can handle these idiots who choose to yell at tournaments just like I can handle the guy who craps so loud in my office bathroom that I can hear him from 50 feet away while I'm working in my office.
12.3.2012 | Unregistered CommenterChris from DE
<< Give me a break, this is a free country - we can say whatever we want out there. These PGATour professionals are making more than enough money.. they can handle a little humor out on the course. >>

Oh, this is what passes for "humor" these days?

Finally a participant comes forth, admitting that the mere purchase of a ticket immediately allows him to dispense of all traditionally accepted golf courtesies, believing that his presence on the golf course allows him to: 1) ignore everything he knows about golf 2) discard any and all manners his mommy taught him 3) display his complete lack of wit 4) bother, irritate and annoy hundreds of fellow spectators by his exercise in lung power.

Somebody please tell me how screaming completely unoriginal, non-creative, totally unfunny CLICHES is either amusing or clever and I'll sit down to a dinner of divots. Tell me, leather-lungs, just what do you get out of these carefully planned shrieks.... do you enjoy the immediate sense of disdain and derision from those around you or is it the chuckles fit for a group of 14-years as you and your soused buddies giggle yourself silly at this genius of an intrusion?

Sure, alcohol fuels the inspiration but the pathetic truth is that the zeros who scream at golf tournaments are merely unaccomplished losers who use their temporary boldness to insert themselves into the event playing out on the field, a field as foreign to them as footprints on the planet Jupiter.
12.3.2012 | Unregistered Commenterbenseattle
For every yeller there's a few dozen spectators rolling their eyes. I remember at Torrey Pines this year I got into a conversation with a few spectators where it was jokingly lamented that the ropes keep the galleries so far from the cliffs edge because certain "Mashed Potatoes" members of the gallery would be likely to have a "falling accident".

A few weeks later at Riviera I remember thinking the same thing to myself and then lamenting that the cliffs at Riviera go in the opposite direction.
12.3.2012 | Unregistered CommenterKRoper
@Digs-that made me laugh out loud!!
12.3.2012 | Unregistered Commenterchico
American here, imo Bradley at Medinah was much worse than anything I've ever seen from Poulter. He was way over the top and it was sickening.

As far as this weekend's golf went, I watched about three minutes of it. Did Woods wear his hat on backwards the whole event?
12.3.2012 | Unregistered Commenterfyg
fyg-

Fortunately Eldrick the Dork only wore his hat backward for a few holes. Thank God.
12.3.2012 | Unregistered CommenterSun Mountain Man
"Give me a break, this is a free country - we can say whatever we want out there."

Sherwood Country Club is a private club, you do not get to " say whatever we want." Before the "this is a free country speech" please at least try to familiarize yourself with the constitution and the concept of private property so you don't look so foolish.

This attitude is why attending sports events largely consists of navigating loud mouthed drunken idiots these days.
12.3.2012 | Unregistered CommenterHeyJoe
pga golf sucks as much as the nba - its become a lousy sport with worse fans - i play the game i love it but i hate most golfers
12.3.2012 | Unregistered Commentergeorge vonsteene
Yabba Dabba = Babba Booey
12.3.2012 | Unregistered CommenterJonInAz
Bravo BenSeattle!

@DTF: I had another brainwave/vision: Imagine reenforcing the aforementioned paintball wielding marshals with Middle Eastern Falconry experts...who can, with a flick of the wrist and a head nod, easily send their trained raptors to a specific loudmouth-ticket-holder who thinks they have the right to ruin the experience of WATCHING golf for 95% of the folks within hearing distance....all because they posses a ticket. Now THAT would be some entertaining YOUTube footage!
12.3.2012 | Unregistered Commenterjohnnnycz
@HeyJoe - While your take on private property is generally true, I think an argument could be for the proposition that Sherwood CC, at least during the week when TW hosts the 5th Major, sticks its nose under the tent of public accommodation. Not saying I'd take that case without a retainer, but when a private club lets in the general public, the bright line starts to blur.
12.3.2012 | Unregistered CommenterGinGHIN
Officials should stamp out this ludicrous practice. It is not humour, it is plain stupidity. Crowds need to be appreciative of the players with standard cheering not the idiotic "get in the hole" etc., etc.. The lunatics who shout this out on a par 5 tee box just shows the mentality of the minority. A person should be warned and then observed, if it continues the person should be shown the front gate.
Hilltop, Poulter may also be guilty in that respect but he doesn't start whining to the press and the USGA as soon as it turns against him.
12.3.2012 | Unregistered CommenterStord
DTF cannot agree with you at all on the alcohol take and the percentage of profit gained form it. It's not just a courtesy for the fans, it's a profit center that no tournament, especially events like The Masters, Ryder Cup, US Open, are unwilling to give up.
12.4.2012 | Unregistered CommenterKC
Totally Obnoxious behaviour, Golf is supposed to be a Gentlemans game. As an American, with this being permitted in primarily U.S venues, its quite embarrassing. You can count me out from going to events if this continues, and most likely, watching it on T.V.
12.7.2012 | Unregistered CommenterSpaceman

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