No more "Mashed Potatoes" please!
By mustang6560 on 6/20/12
Alex Myers filed a great post-U.S. Open piece on GolfDigest asking golf fans to quit yelling absurd phrases on the golf course.
Hey, you! Yeah, you, the obnoxious guy who yells out absurd things right after a golfer tees off. You know who you are. Now stop it!

It's bad enough that golf fans have had to endure "Get in the hole!" and "You da man!" for decades. But now we have to deal with a new era of creative -- make that ridiculous -- sayings, many of which were on display at Olympic Club during the U.S. Open. "Mashed potatoes!"? "Filet mignon!"? "5-hour Energy!"? OK, so that last one -- yelled following a Jim Furyk tee shot, of course -- was actually pretty funny... but back to my original point: Enough's enough! If I wanted to hear drunk guys yelling random things, I'd watch "Jersey Shore."
I used to be of the opinion that yelling "Get in the hole!" at a golf tournament was kosher. However, after watching the U.S. Open last weekend, I've changed my mind.

I actually yelled "Get in the hole!" once at a PGA Tour event. It was just innocent fun, or so I thought. It was a sunny May day in 2011 at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans. Everyone else was doing it. I didn't know any better. But, I've seen the error of my ways, thanks to the classless countless fans at The Olympic Club who made me contemplate using the mute button on my TV.

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birdieXris says:
Yea. they're getting ridiculous. The guy that yelled "filet mignon" was followed up with "medium rare!" by another fan. It's getting out of control. I think they should police that and if you're yelling anything like that, you should be immediately removed from the premises without a refund. These guys do it so close to impact, it's kind of scary and one of these times they're gonna be too drunk and do it before the pro hits the ball, causing something awful to happen. It's low brow and it needs to stop. Keep it reserved for 16 at TPC Scottsdale.
6/20/12
 
gpickin says:
I think we should cage them up. Have a drinking zone, with big screens, pole dancers, whatever you need to keep all the drunkens happy and secure in one place where they can yell and scream and drink all they want. Make it similar to 16 at Scottsdale, but just further from the course :)

I dont know what the drinking policies are on the tour, never been to an event, but drinking zones with big screens work great at lots of events... why not for golf.
6/20/12
 
GolfinHawg says:
How do we know these people yelling are drunk? Maybe they are just idiots!! All people who drink don’t yell out obscure things at obscure times. These people may have the need to be heard for some crazy reason and are getting there 5 seconds of fame by doing it. That way they can save it on you tube and show all their friends how cool they are that they got on National TV by yelling out some dumb phrase and they are now infamous with the YouTube clip. I have been the 16th at Scottsdale and it is a crazy scene, TV doesn't do it justice on how loud it really is there.
I AGREE that there should be more policing in the yelling out department, but don't assume all those yelling are drunk? I guess jungle bird guy was hammered as he called birds in the middle of the interview?? Who knows?
6/20/12
 
Mandelbaum! says:
As a wise man once said, "Damn you people. This is golf. Not a rock concert."
6/20/12
 
legitimatebeef says:
Asking people to stop is a mistake.

Because the kind of people who would yell stuff in the first place, will only be egged on by such pleas. We are talking about the decline of civility in general--not to mention rampant narcissism--something that is way too big for a mere golf tournament policy to mitigate. Back in the day golf spectators were not civil because it was mandated by a rule, it's because they believed in something called etiquette. Times have changed.

It seems to be getting worse with each tournament. Simple solution for me is to stop watching. I love the game but I think I can live without watching it on the tube.
6/20/12
 
DaRupp13 says:
I didn't realize antagonists in Adam Sandler movies were wise men...

My opinion is save it for Scottsdale - it's the culture there, it's allowed, and it's a good change of pace from the rest of the tournaments. But I agree, it's just annoying elsewhere.
6/20/12
 
madmx99 says:
It's a changing of the guard of people coming to watch golf tournaments. Before it was to see the best golfers in the world play and appreciate it. Now it's more of a party, and people want more entertainment. So they are going to do "crazy" stuff at times and slap it on YouTube for a laugh. If you want some of this to stop; move the people away from the golfers; so they aren't right on top of them. Can't be as disruptive to the golfers. Just my two cents....
6/20/12
 
CodeSlinger says:
There are a number of fixes. Booting the screamers is one, but it's difficult/expensive to police, as you need a lot more security staff to enforce it.

It would be way cheaper to have the broadcast on like a 7 second delay (if it isn't already) and have somebody in the broadcast booth with a dump button. Anybody yells anything out, mute it like it's a profanity. This takes away a lot of the incentive for the screamers if they know nobody watching at home will ever hear it. Plus, after a while, people watching golf on TV will start rebuilding the perception that the gallery should stay quiet. And all it takes is one intern with a mute button on the audio feed from the course.
6/20/12
 
joe jones says:
I get so angry at the shouters that I shout, shut up at the T V. Then I feel stupid because if I were at the tournament I would be doing the same thing that they are. When I was younger and fitter I would threaten jerks like that with physical violence. That was more than stupid. Now a day's there are too many nuts attending sports events. Thats why I watch The Phoenix Open on TV with the sound on mute. It's great fun without the screaming.
6/20/12
 
birdieXris says:
@joejones - that's funny i do that very same thing with Johnny Miller. ;)
6/20/12
 
DoubleDingo says:
When you buy tickets there should be some verbiage added to the effect, "NO CELLULAR/DIGITAL DEVICES ALLOWED OUTSIDE OF MARKED DESIGNATED AREAS ON THE GOLF COURSE, NO QUESTIONS ASKED. THERE SHALL BE NO YELLING OF OBSCENITIES OR ANY OTHER REMARKS THAT DISRUPTS THE INTENDED QUIET NATURE OF THE TOURNAMENT. THE ONLY YELLING ALLOWED ON THE GOLF COURSE SHALL BE FOR EMERGENCY HELP DUE TO ILLNESS OR PERSONAL INJURY THAT REQUIRES IMMEDIATE MEDICAL HELP. IF ANY OF THESE RULES ARE VIOLATED, YOU WILL BE REMOVED FROM THE PREMISES WITH NO REFUND, AND YOUR NAME WILL BE "BLACK-MARKED" FOR THREE YEARS WHICH WILL BAN YOU FROM BUYING TICKETS AND/OR ATTENDING ANY PROFESSIONAL GOLF TOURNAMENT DURING THAT TIME.
6/20/12
 
JDriem says:
I agree thats its pretty annoying and they should put a stop to it but the guy who yelled "Yabba Dabba Doo" did make me laugh pretty hard.
6/20/12
 
RyanJ says:
I like CodeSlingers idea, as an added plus they could push the dump button whenever an announcer continues to talk during someone's swing
6/20/12
 
wrhall02 says:
@legitbeef writes a lot of what I think...a combo of narcissism and erosion of simple etiquette...rules at golf tourney's won't help.
6/20/12
 
SpaceMaNy0 says:
Yeah, I think beef nailed it too. This article reminds me a lot of my own comments here on oob.
6/20/12
 
metnorm says:
I remember a couple weeks ago I believe Tiger was in the fairway and in his backswing someone yelled. Tiger looks back says "come on guys". For the first time I hoped he would do something good on the next shot just because that was completly classless to do.
6/20/12
 
bsta93 says:
"Don't these people have homes" - Judge Smails
6/20/12
 
Neo says:
This one is easy. They need to stop airing the shouts on TV for a few tournaments. When people realize their inane shouts aren't making it onto live TV, they'll get bored and stop.
6/20/12
 
Matt F says:
I still say it should be legal for the people around them to beat seven shades of shite out of them, then they get thrown out.
6/21/12
 
jcstoll says:
I thought the "5-hour energy" shout was pretty funny. I could see it getting old real quick, though. In general, I find the shouts stupid and annoying, but not to the point where I'd turn the channel. If you do that, then the idiots have won.
6/21/12
 
Kurt the Knife says:
beginning an age of idiots shouting ads for various products.
LLAMA JAMMIES!!!
6/22/12
 
spackler455db says:
I especially hate when someone yells get in the hole when someones teeing off on a par 4. Idiots.
6/22/12
 
K-dogg says:
i'm not sure which I hate more... the yellers or the announcers!!!
7/16/12
 
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