British golf fans are better than American golf fans
By mustang6560 on 5/17/12
At least in the mind of Colin Montgomerie.

In an interview with BBC Radio 5, the 2010 European Ryder Cup Captain made an interesting side comment.
The 48-year-old Scot told BBC Radio 5 live he regretted his infamous run-in with the crowd at the 1997 US Open and blamed himself for the incident.

But he added: "I don't think the golf fans in America are members of golf clubs in the way they are here.

"At Wentworth next week, most of the fans will be golfers and understand and respect the etiquette of the game."
Hold on a second there, Monty - no serious, wait a minute. I need to figure out if I'm supposed to be insulted or not. I can't imagine Colin intended to insult us simple-minded American golf fans. But, his words do appear to be positioned in such a way that an astute golfer may or may not be able to pick up the faint hint of an insult.

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legitimatebeef says:
Colin is absolutely correct.
joe jones says:
American golf fans have been brutal with Colin over the years. Even his American opponents have been disgusted with his treatment. Part of his problem was he had so called elephant ears. He could hear a butterfly sneeze from a mile away. His golf swing was wonderful and his Ryder Cup record was great. I have been at PGA events where half the gallery was bombed out of their gourd. I don't care if they were true golf fans or not. That is just plain stupid.
bducharm says:
Come on Mrs. Doubtfire, calm down!!!
aaronm04 says:
I doubt that a Britsh golf fan came up with the phrase "go in the hole!" to be yelled after swings. That smacks of a purely American concoction.
Duke of Hazards says:
I don't find anything insulting in his comments. A lot of the people in the galleries at events that I've been to aren't that knowledgeable about golf, specially if they're following Tiger or Phil. I've seen a fight breakout between 2 young guys that clearly had been drinking trying to get close at the rough-side ropes to see Fowler hit his next shot at Riviera. Can't really see that happening in Europe. <<<(interestingly, the 2 main guys from Criminal Minds (Mantegna and Gibson) were standing right there when it broke out, as they'd been following Pavin.)
Banker85 says:
It is comments like these that create the shit he gets. It was a total insult to american golf fans. I think Bubba would disagree.
srogers13 says:
I wonder how American golf fans compare to British Soccer fans?
DoubleDingo says:
Didn't get insulted. Too many idiots yelling stuff here in the states and it is very annoying to say the least. I like when the PGA flies over the pond and plays in Europe because the atmosphere of the tournaments are much better and refined.

@srogers13, one really cannot compare soccer to golf...apples to oranges...almost like comparing NFL football to tennis...
mmontisano says:
if you ever attend the current tournament, the HP Byron Nelson, you'll know that golf tournaments are more for the social affluent than the golfers. it's a party with some pro golf sprinkled in. that's why i always preferred going to The Colonial more. so i think his comment has some merit.

and Bubba is not a model golfer. remember his comments during that time he played a tournament in France? complete ignorance.
Dusty23 says:
As an American I'm embarassed to have to agree with Colin as well as most of the previous comments by fellow Oobers.
Trip says:
He's right, and has the balls to say it (for a old woman).
SpaceMaNy0 says:
I thought that was why we broke away from the Monarchy, to have the right to be worse fans than Brits.

He's right though. Much as most of you love him, I blame Eldrick. When he got popular and everyone and their mom started playing, no one bothered to go over the etiquette and class parts of the game.
Swingem says:
As long as the tour tolerates "Get-in-the hole" guy, and more recently "Mashed- Potato & Light-the-Candle" guy, American golf fans will be percieved as drunken idiots. I hope that, going forward, tour officials will identify and remove these fools.
Matt F says:
Swingem - I think it should be perfectly acceptable for the crowd around those fools to beat the living daylights out of them.
wrhall02 says:
He made a valid observation, IMO.
Trash Man says:
He's correct. That's why he should stay over there.
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