Ever since the PGA TOUR has returned to regular action, there have been a lot of serious discussions about how the COVID-19 pandemic has been affecting the sport. But that doesn’t mean the players are having a little fun along the way.
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During the final round of the Travelers Championship this week, Ian Poulter was playing with Greg Chalmers. Neither player was all that close to the lead so they weren’t under that much pressure to perform, only try to climb up the leaderboard to get a greater payday. But apparently, the nerves of playing caused Poulter to give everyone on the tee box a surprise.
When Poulter and Chalmers stepped up to the first tee, they were ready to let it rip, in more ways than one. Immediately after Chalmers hit his tee shot, the cameras picked up a sound that was unexpected. What that sound was, we quickly discovered, was Poulter ripping a massive fart for everyone to hear. And it seems like everyone on the course knew what happened before the fans could even process it.
Immediately after it happened, Poulter quickly asked “Did you get that?” and Chalmers quickly responded that Poulter needed to “stay over there.” The saddest part for Chalmers is that a lot of people actually thought it was him who farted after hitting his ball! Poulter was proud of his flatulence, however, and quickly fessed up to the blast.
I’m not sure this was one of the concerns that Brooks Koepka had envisioned when he said he had problems with players being mic’d up for PGA TOUR events but it’s now certainly something to consider. Unfortunately for Poulter, the fart was so loud that the cameras picked it up, since he wasn’t mic’d, and even if the announcers were talking at the time, nothing was going to drown it out.
It’s good to see a little humor on the circuit with everything being so serious lately and we thank Poulter for the nice laugh. But perhaps before he plays again, he might want to eat something else so he doesn’t gas out his next partner and the camera crews.
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