You know that spectator. The one who yells some random phrase at full volume during a golf tournament. What’s their motivation? Hopes of getting on TV? Get a rise out of their target player? Impress their half-drunken companions? Regardless, the motivation is always one of a self-centered nature with no benefit to the golfer.
We all know golf is hard. For touring professionals, it’s doubly so. Add in the increased course difficulty and numerous distractions, their task almost seems unfair. Spectators who are actively trying to derail players have no place in this setting.
Yesterday at the Dell Technologies Championship, I was following the group of Russel Knox, Scott Stallings, and OllieSchniederjans. All 3 players were one under par on their round heading into their third hole of the day, the par four 12th. It was a small group of spectators following the players so the chatter and background noise was minimal. Ollie pulled a 3 wood out of the bag and prepared to let lose. His takeaway smooth, transition locked and loaded, downswing initiated…and then it happened: