The PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monaghan today announced a new set of rules for fan behaviour in the wake of the poor behaviour aimed at Bryson DeChambeau.
It seems the PGA Tour has been forced to act on a recent spate of unruly behaviour aimed at the unvaccinated DeChambeau.
PGA Tour boss Ja Monaghan said anyone breaching the new code of conduct will be ejected from the golf tournament.
“Fans who breach our code of conduct are subject to expulsion from the tournament and loss of their credential or ticket,” Monaghan said.
“Now, I would ask our fans, again, the very best fans in the world, to take a moment and think about what it means to be a golf fan and to enjoy a PGA TOUR tournament.”
When questioned as to whether the new conduct covers anyone yelling “Brooksy” at DeChambeau, Monaghan confirmed it would.
Yes, and the reason I say yes is, you know, the barometer that we are all using is the word “respect,” and to me, when you hear “Brooksie” yelled or you hear any expression yelled, the question is, is that respectful or disrespectful? That has been going on for an extended period of time,” Monaghan said.
“To me, at this point, it’s disrespectful, and that’s kind of behaviour that we’re not going to tolerate going forward.”
A number of reports suggested the behaviour from fans at last week’s BMW Championship was unacceptable, particularly on Sunday afternoon as Patrick Cantlay beat DeCheambeau in a six-hole sudden-death playoff.
ESPN’s Kevin Van Valkenburg reported on a post-tournament incident that turned ugly (and could’ve turned uglier) between a fan and DeChambeau.
Halfway up the hill, something happened that made me feel like we’ve arrived at a miserable place in the never-ending circus that is DeChambeau. A patron waited until DeChambeau had walked by, but was not out of earshot, then sneered from over the rope line, “Great job, Brooksie!” DeChambeau spun around in a rage and began briefly walking in his direction.
“You know what? Get the f— out!” DeChambeau yelled. He had rage in his eyes.
The feud between the DeChambeau and Brooks Koepka has been simmering for some time now. Simmering isn’t the right word, boiling perhaps.
It reached a crescendo a few months ago when Koepka expressed his dislike to a comment by DeChambeau, when it was assumed the cameras weren’t rolling.
In truth, the whole thing is a little childish but because the quarrel spilled out into the public sphere, the fans got involved and began yelling out “Brooksy”, among other things, at DeChambeau.
This churlish behaviour of fans on the PGA Tour isn’t anything new and as Geoff Shackelford reminded us, it’s a bit of their own making via the now-defunct “Live Under Par” marketing campaign a few years ago.
The PGA Tour, ever desperate to lower the average viewer demographic from 65, became a wannabe lifestyle brand where you come, hold up your phones, get drunk and are as much a part of the action as the players.