Skip to comments.U.S. Open fans heckle Tiger Woods (Why now after all this time?)
Posted on 06/22/2009 9:13:06 AM PDT by ImJustAnotherOkie
Beer-sodden fans and rain combined for an ugly finish to a long day of golf yesterday, with Tiger Woods and other golfers subjected to drunken heckling as the action at Bethpage Black came to a close.
At 6:42 p.m., dozens of drunken spectators at Hole 10 taunted Woods as he prepared to start his third round in the rain.
"We're on Long Island, baby, where men are men!" one fan yelled. "Put that umbrella down!"
The taunts were mixed with cheers from the majority of the crowd. Woods did not respond to the people who were heckling him but tried to quiet the crowd with a "sshh" hand gesture, putting his finger to his lips, as golfers prepared to tee off on the adjacent 12th tee.
"Suck it up, you've got your own video game!" someone shouted at Woods.
Some fans, apparently disgusted by the hecklers' behavior, walked away from the hole. Others told the vocal contingent to quiet down, which had no effect on the verbal abuse.
(Excerpt) Read more at newsday.com ...
Welcome to politics Mr. Woods. Should have kept your mouth shut!!!
I’m willing to bet that alcohol is driving this.
Alcohol was they key to release it.
How embarrassing for that golf club.
“How embarrassing for that golf club.”
And for golf in the U.S. in general. Golf fans are supposed to have some amount of class.
Sounds like they were heckling everybody, but it’s only interesting when they heckle Tiger.
Isn’t there some security at such events? I’m amazed that this was allowed to continue. To start, much less to continue.
Appears that they heckled just about everyone but only Woods got the headlines.
Countdown to the inevitable, reflexive, ignorant charge of “Racism!”.
No, highly unlikely to come from Woods himself.
Never heard that before.
< /sarc >
Me, I admire Tiger for never mentioning Our Beloved President even once in his inauguration day speech.
I think that went by the wayside some time ago. I am mortally tired of idiots shrieking "Get in the hole!" everytime someone tees off on a 500+ yard par 5.
“Im willing to bet that alcohol is driving this.”
I’m with you.
This is a tempest in a teacup. It sounds like the fans were just ribbing him, not being vicious.
What a bunch of wusses golfers are. Could you imagine a story anywhere that felt it was newsworthy to report that ‘some drunken fans yelled at Albert Pujols yesterday at the Cardinals game’? Or, ‘some drunken fans heckled Peyton Manning yesterday at the Colts game.”
Wusses, with people running around commanding the paying audience to shut up because these lightweights can’t hit the ball if someone so much as eats a potato chip.
Maybe they’re just jerks?
I betting Long Island was driving this.
Home of Buttafuco.
Woods interjected politics into the sport, this is an expected consequence.
I doubt if alcohol is the problem. it (supposed alcohol use) is being used by the state run media to marganilize those presenting opposing political veiwpoints to those of Woods’.
If those running the golf event didn’t want politics to come up, they should have asked Woods to stay away.
Golf fans have changed as have tennis fans. Everyone of em think they are at a ballgame where it’s been part of the game to heckle the batter or pitcher for the entire game.Remember when they threw batteries at the outfielder.
Nothing is the off limits anymore. Maybe just maybe beer sales should be banned and bringing in backpacks not allowed as well. Come drunk or stoned and the heat will put you down before the third hole.
New York Slime Balls... another reason to leave Long Island.
Drunks acting like idiots?!?!?
I thought people only drank for the fine exquisite, refreshing flavor that only a moderate amount of alcohol can provide, and not for any intoxicating effects it may produce.
Yeah. And they're heckling the wrong Hafrican. Tiger is A-OK.
It's the one in the Whine House who needs to grow a pair.
Was there a guy heckling him from a grassy knoll?
Meanwhile, we're in the last hour of the Open right now. ....with Mickelson just bogeying to drop one back of Glover. And Duval, of all people, is making a charge (now 2 back of the lead).
Well, I guess it's about where you want the average scores to be. It's about how little they hit that ball. How very, very little. Excessive noise breaks concentration, leading to more whacks. If no one minds average scores hitting 200, you can treat it like a baseball game, WTH. But usually, people want to see how low the score can actually get, under ideal conditions. That's, like, the point.
This headline is just like the top-of-the-hour news updates since Friday, "Three men tied for the lead ... TIGER WOODS ALSO PLAYING" and such. I have had no clue whatever to who else is in this tournament, who the lead players are, all I know is TIGER WOODS IS THERE!!! Apparently he is the only PGA member who warrants having his name announced regardless his standing in the tourney. SHEESH, enough already!
Most of the ‘security’ at the major events consists of the older members of the club. They are there to keep the crowd from interfering with play. Unfortunately, there are a lot of classless spectators.
I don’t think he endorsed him. He spoke at the inaguration, without mentioning B.O.’s name.
It was a classless thing for the hecklers to do.
This is Long Island. They were showing class!
Which is it?
Oh yes he did, and for me it turned Tiger into just another a$$hole.
I know. Professional baseball players(pitchers and batters) have to perform with deafening noises coming down on them constantly and they learn to tune them out for the most part. A professional golfer though can’t hit the ball under any conditions except total silence.
Golf, baseball, soccer, bowling, bass fishing, the most boring spectator sports on the planet.
I wish that the PGA would try an experiment letting the crowd make noise. If an 19 year-old kid has to make a pressure free throw with taunts galore, what about a puss like Phil Mickelson? I’d like to see what concentration they really have. My guess is that they could handle it.
Welcome to Long Island.
What a crock. How many times does a Major League hitter hit the ball in a given game? Let’s see Tiger Woods step up to the ball on 18 with an opposing fan base doing everything they can to distract him and root against him........like every guy in the Major Leagues has to deal with all season long. Basketball players have to make a big foul shot, standing there alone at the line, while the opposing fans are waving things and screaming at him right behind the basket he is shooting at. But golfers need everyone to be very quiet. Wusses.
Just one of these moments that makes one go Hmmmmmm....
.tried to quiet the crowd with a "sshh" hand gesture, putting his finger to his lips, as golfers prepared to tee off on the adjacent 12th tee.
Golfers, stand beside a teed stationary ball, hitting it with a large club head...need silence (from the few hundred, few thousand watching) to accomplish their task.
Wherein as a hitter in baseball, stands in a box, awaiting a thrown round ball, arriving from varied angles/speeds/ rotations, hitting it with a round bat, accomplished his task in a noisy, sometimes ear popping ridiculing/jeering/cheering, horns trumpeting, organ blaring atmosphere. Hmmmmm...
Sorry pal, I’ve probably played more golf than you have. But unlike you, I have also played the other, real sports, so I have a basis for comparison. Again, unlike you.
Bingo. That’s not heckling. That’s simply being a loudmouth. Some hecklers are pretty good.
There was NO need for this. A bunch of drunken louts behaving as the ever wonderful adolescent tend to do. No doubt they grabbed their crotch, made belching sounds, and asked they guy next to him to pull his finger.
This is not the way to respond to someone. If you don’t like their politics, fine, but there is NO need to act like drunken fools. This is the type of behaviour that the left engages in to shut up their opponents. We should not do the same.
“How embarrassing for that golf club.”
State owned....no embarrassment required
Believe you're right, and also refused to attend a dinner with Obama if I remember correctly.
Not ribbing. They were indeed being drunken louts. When will we please start asking people to act like grown ups instead of teenagers?
Nice of you to presume so much. What a moron.
Woods interjected NOTHING. He is a US citizen and is allowed to express his opinion. Don’t by the stuff he endorses if you so wish but this behaviour ranks right up with the Brown Shirts of yore
I grew up 15 - 20 minutes from Bethpage. I’m ashamed of the way these people acted. It’s a shame that so many people on this thread are judging all of L.I. and NY by the way these idiots acted, but, at the same time it’s hard to stick up for a county and a state that is constantly doing stupid sh!t...