True Golf Fans aren’t Dumb Asses @WMPhoenixOpen
The 16th hole at the Phoenix Open gets the tournament a great deal of exposure, it’s fun to watch the player interact with crowd at this ‘un-golf tournament’ in Arizona.
The reigning PGA Champion, Justin Thomas, found himself upset with one spectator* who yelled during Jordan Spieth’s backswing on the 16th hole during the first round.
“It’s frustrating,” Thomas said. “It’s fun to play in a crowd like this with all the people cheering you on, but that girl just yelled right on Jordan’s downswing.
“He hit a great tee shot for that being (but) I had no idea where he hit it because I was so upset that that even happened. It doesn’t matter who it is, whether it’s me or Jordan or anybody else in the field. There’s just no place for that.”
Thomas went on to double bogey 16 and he got the typical booing by the crowd.
“I get it. Late in the day, at a place like Phoenix, I’m sure there are a couple in,” he said. “But it’s not appropriate, and I hate that it could affect someone’s score because of that.”
Rickie Fowler, who finished 5-under par after and tied for second after day one, didn’t care for the overall atmosphere at the 16th hole Thursday.
“There was actually some rowdy fans this morning on 16. I may be somewhat of a fan favorite, but they weren’t holding back,” he said.
“I was a little disappointed at some of the stuff that was said. I don’t want much negativity — the normal boos for missing a green, that’s fine, but leave the heckling to a minimum and make it fun.”
*What some golf reporters called a fan.