When I watch a PGA tournament in person I sometimes catch myself thinking, “I hope I’m not standing next to a dude that’s going to yell Baba Booey during a tee shot.”
I don’t want the mistaken identity of a jackass. Do you? Nor do I want Bubba Watson’s caddie looking around in my direction advising me to go back to my Grandmother’s basement.
It’s 2016 and the evolution of the average golf fan has somewhat morphed since the previous alpha-primed generations. Occasionally to the expense of the professional PGA golfer. Such was the case at the PGA Championship.
Like for poor Bubba. Historically he’s been a good target for the antics of random instigators.
Even mild mannered Irishman Graeme McDowell seems pretty clear on how he feels about Baba Booey, firing off an expletive shortly after his tee shot at Baltustrol. I wonder how many of them actually realize this name can all be traced back to the Howard Stern show?
@Graeme_McDowell GMac letting us know how he feels about the Baba Booey yell, LOL #PGAChampionship pic.twitter.com/JfZXB6NLXW
— Ryan Jones (@the_gajone) July 30, 2016
Hey if that’s your kick as a fan then so be it, it’s a cheap and easy way to get some attention from the pros and fellow spectators, albeit in the form of a few clenched fists and stymied lash backs.
Billy Horschel doesn’t mind as much as others when the fans shout nonsense, more what gets to him is lauding poor shots. He told reporters, “I actually hate it more when your ball is in the air and it’s heading towards the trees and everyone’s saying ‘good shot’.”
No applause here Horschel – I can guarantee everyone knew this was a bad shot:
We as Americans tend to over-do things, same goes with our cheering and clapping for golf shots of our beloved players on tour… A barrage of hand claps followed by a menagerie of “Yeah Dr. Phil,” “Mashed Potatoes,” “Get in the hole,” but no, Mickelson pushes it well left and misses the green by 30 yards. We’re notorious for celebrating shots that are actually, pretty poor or average. We do it all the time.
We’re also notoriously good at killing time! Like when a heavy rain storm clears play for the day at Baltustrol. Fans were hanging out on the greens and tees, picking up tour players golf balls as they walked by, no shirts running down fairways as if they were giant slip n’ slides.
Like it. Hate it. The human element is factored in much more so when spectatorship is that close and in-play. It’s a constant variable in golf and always will be, especially now that people can gain notoriety within a snap of an app.
But whatever the fans end up doing, good or bad or in between, I’m sure they’ll always have a fellow friend in Andrew “Beef” Johnston.
Cover Photo via Flickr