PGA Tour Should Remove Gallery Goons Who Think Every Golfer’s Ball Is Going In the Hole
Anyone in the gallery who yells out “it’s in the hole!” whenever a golfer hits a shot should be immediately escorted off the course.
Ticket revoked, weekend badge (if he has one) tossed in the trash and forced to sign an agreement to never, ever yell that again during a tournament.
There’s those people at every tournament on every hole, at every shot of every golfer. They shout “It’s in the hole!” after every. Single. Swing.
Those who do it are golf’s most obnoxious fans. They are drawing attention to themselves. They think they are funny. Entertaining. The life of the party.
But what they are, instead, are ignorant fools. How would they like it if someone screamed it at them after every shot at their county club? They would complain to the club steward and have them removed. For life.
It started out as something a few people said while standing on the tee of a Par 3 at a tournament and was initially kind of amusing. But like a Jack Nicklaus putt on 18 of a major, it should have dropped right there, ended things. But like the wave cheer in stadiums, it stayed. And swelled. And now some people say it even off the tee of a Par 5.
Here’s a revelation for those “in the hole” guys: Not every shot is going in the damned hole!
The PGA doesn’t allow cameras on the fairways or greens (there are designated cell phone stations in remote areas of courses), or even hard liquor on the course (you can have bottle of Michelob Ultra, but can’t take a vodka soda out of a sponsor, hospitality or drink concession tent). The Tour now has more restrictions than a teenage parent.
But one thing is missing: It needs to remove those obnoxious fans who yell out “it’s in the hole!” That’s far more distracting than a cocktail.