“I hope going forward we can control it more and more and it gets stamped out. It is not needed in the game of golf”
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Ian Poulter says crowd heckling at golf tournaments must be “stamped out” after the Englishman was jeered by a fan through the WGC-FedEx St Jude Invitational.
A spectator shouted “get in the bunker” simply after the Englishman hit his second shot on the par-four 18th in his first spherical four-under 66, which left him 4 photographs behind chief Jon Rahm.
Poulter, visibly irritated, responded by saying “really” to the person, and after the pair exchanged phrases, the world No 40 questioned whether or not the fan deserved to be on the course.
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“I get it. I am an Englishman, I play on the Ryder Cup team. I am sure I have upset a few of these guys from time to time when they are watching television,” Poulter advised Sky Sports activities.
“But when we are playing a world class event like we do week in week out and you have got guys like that, that are in a small group, they want to feel big in front of their friends and they scream silly things out, it is disappointing.”
Poulter managed to make par from simply in need of the inexperienced and revealed the spectator was escorted out by safety following the incident.
“I hate to do that, but why should we be abused in this day and age?” he added.
More often than not we simply ignore it and let it go however it’s a actual disgrace.
Brooks Koepka was heckled by a raucous and partisan crowd at Bethpage Black through the ultimate spherical of the PGA Championship in May and Poulter admits the difficulty is a stain within the recreation.
Requested whether or not it’s getting worse, Poulter mentioned: “Sadly it occurs very often.
“More often than not we simply ignore it and let it go however it’s a actual disgrace. It’s simply disappointing.
“We’ve received a WGC match, it’s a nice subject, and it’s a nice purse. It’s got every little thing that we wish to come and compete other than one fool who decides to be foolish.
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“So, it’s a disgrace. I hope going ahead we are able to management it increasingly more and it will get stamped out. It’s not wanted within the recreation of golf.”