Since when did all the young players on the PGA Tour turn into huge snowflakes who can’t take some drunken rowdiness on the golf course from fans? It’s like a weekly occurrence where these guys are complaining about fans being drunk on the course and causing problems. We had Justin Thomas getting all triggered a few weeks ago and had a heckler kicked out of a tournament.
Now comes Rory whining about the same subject.
Let’s not forget this is the same Rory who regretted not joining the Frat Pack of Spieth, Rickie, Justin Thomas and Smylie Kaufman on a Baker’s Bay blowout back in 2106 where the boys were taking leaks on the course.
Bros, you can’t encourage the LIT AF behavior for golf bros and then want it shut down because it starts to interfere with your paycheck. Time to make up your minds.
Rory told CBS:
“I know that people want to come and enjoy themselves and whatever, and I’m all for that, but sometimes when the comments get personal and people get a little bit rowdy it can get a little much. It used to be like you bring beers on to the course or buy beers but not liquor. And now it seems like everyone’s walking around with a cocktail or whatever. So I don’t know whether it’s just go back to letting people walk around with beers in their hand, that’s fine, but, I don’t know.”
That’s a pretty interesting suggestion by McIlroy. I’m not sure how thrilled tournaments would be to limit the sales of alcohol, but it would certainly help thin out the crazies. I watched McIlroy have an unruly fan tossed at the 2016 Ryder Cup who told him to “suck a d—.” It was unnerving given how close patrons are to the action.
You know what the PGA Tour likes? Money. You know what liquor has done for the tour? Made them money.
From Sports Business Daily in 2017:
More than a third of the casual fans in the study correctly identified Grey Goose as the tour’s official vodka, the highest rate the brand has received among those fans in the six years that we’ve tracked the category. The Bacardi brand signed on as the tour’s official spirit in 2013 and has gone from a dead heat in 2012 with Smirnoff, its closest competitor in the study, to a mindshare of more than double the Russian brand (see chart below).
Grey Goose is the official spirit of the PGA Tour through 2020 so the boys better get used to vodka on the course. It’s not going anywhere.
Here’s the Ryder Cup fan that had Rory all triggered:
Boys, you can’t encourage the bros to get hammered and then expect them to stay sober through your round
— Direct Golf (@DirectGolfUK) July 21, 2014