I haven't felt much like blogging during the U.S. Open because quite honestly, I'm not there and I'm not going to say anything that likely can't be said better than someone who is (insert plug for Ventura County Star golf writer and SCGA contributor Bob Buttitta's U.S. Open coverage on scga.org!). However, one particular article really got me fired up. So this is not a blog, rather a major rant.
GOLF Magazine online published a story that talked about three particular hecklers that made sassy, negative and quite loud comments directed at Tiger Woods while he was playing yesterday. One so loud, in fact, that playing partner Ernie Els turned and glared.
Why does this irritate me, might you ask? I mean, it's not like Tiger hasn't brought it on himself. The fact is, I just can't stand people like that. Spectators who are just genuine jerks (and probably are in their personal lives also). Who are so uncreative that they have to yell what everyone else would be too mortified to say, even though we may all be thinking it. Who are so self-absorbed that they want to take the attention off of the players, which the other thousands of spectators paid quite good money to see. Why do you even come? You're just embarrassing yourself.
We all knew Tiger was going to get heckled out there. Everyone's a funny guy when they're out there behind the ropes drinking beer and acting privileged. But look, if you're going to be a @$%&(*$, just don't go. You're not being funny, you're not being cute. This is golf, a game of etiquette and class.
The end. Oh, and keep it up Ernie, you got this!