I was embarrassed to be at Bethpage...

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I wanted to see if anyone here attended yesterday's first round , and if so what their thoughts were on the fans? I don't write very many posts on GolfWRX, but I have to say that attending Bethpage yesterday was pretty nauseating to say the least. I'm sure there will be people who throw around words like Snowflake, etc when they read this, but the etiquette or lack there of I witnessed yesterday was deplorable; and it was all under the heading of "Hey, I'm from NY". As someone who grew up on Long Island, I was embarrassed. I stood next to the tee-box on 7 watching Phil, Rory and Kisner come through and wanted to vomit at the stuff that was coming out of some of these people's mouths; and could only imagine what the players were thinking. Then Phil hit the restroom after he teed off, only to return to very specific and graphic questions about what he was doing in there.....there were some other choice remark as well thrown Rory's way.
That being said, I think I'm venting more on the fact that this has become "acceptable" ... I guess it's just worse in NY because people think that being from NY they just have an excuse to be A--H---e. I was going to take my 5 year old to the tournament yesterday, but I though it would be to long a day for him . I'm glad I made that decision, as I'm not quite sure what I would have said to him at that point when he said, Daddy, why are they yelling those things at them? ...Maybe I just witnessed the worst fans of the week on that particular tee box, but something tell me I'm being being to optimistic.
I just happen to see the Billy Horshell Incident last week on twitter, and I guess that's what also prompted me to write this. I was in 100% agreement with Billy and his reaction. Reading comments from people om twitter who genuinely believe they have the right to act, say and do anything they want is total Bull---t. Get some manners people...and If you can't control your self when having a few beers, then don't drink. I'm all for cheering, and a little heckling, but there's a line ....and if you don't know where that line is then stay home.

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  • alcap26alcap26  1375WRX Points: 140Charter Members Posts: 1,375 Platinum Tees
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    Amen

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    On -, @OleVirginia said:

    Was going to write something about social media (and the media at large, really) emboldening people to overstep socially acceptable norms in the quest for their 15 minutes of viral fame but I don't really want to go down that rabbit hole. Instead, I'll chime in with a freezing cold take... New Yorkers are a--h----!

    TBM

    Not all of them! :) but a lot are ....any this is coming from one.

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    On -, @Pauly567 I wasn't there, but I share your thoughts. I attended the Ryder Cup in 2016, and while I understand it's supposed to be a bit boisterous there was a lot of disgusting behavior there as well. I was close by on the one hole where the american fan told Rory to suck his d**k walking between holes and Rory nearly went after him. I was certainly glad I didn't have my children with me that day, and felt bad for the ones that were there with their kids. I could make a pretty long list of the things I heard yelled that day that I wouldn't have wanted my kids to hear, and likely ask me what it means.
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    On -, @BlackDiamondPar5 said:

    This is why when I tell people we are from NY, I always say, "Western NY, 6 hours from NYC and we are nothing like those people."

    True story. The one and only time Ebrasmus went to NYC I had a cabbie yell at me and call me a J-Off.

    NYC, baby.

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    I used to love going to live sporting events, but too many people act like they are there to participate rather than watch. Combine that with all the liquid courage, and just the general decline in behavior, I'd just rather watch on TV.

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    A bunch of drunk indiviualists together to watch golf. What did you think was going to happen?

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  • legitimategolflegitimategolf Golf hard New York NY 4853WRX Points: 826Unregistered Posts: 4,853 Titanium Tees
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    I live here (NYC). I am finding it pretty hard to stay tuned to this so-called championship, same deal as Shinnecock last year.
    Imagine having to play golf with these uh, folks.

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    On -, @BlackDiamondPar5 said:

    This is why when I tell people we are from NY, I always say, "Western NY, 6 hours from NYC and we are nothing like those people."

    That’s right. We are from the butt chugging, jump through tables side of the State.

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    Well the Horschel incident did not take place in NY, rather in another place 1000 miles away, so what that has to do with this I don't know. And I noticed that English golfer Eddie Pepperell actually tweeted that the fan should have been kneed to the face, which seems a lot more egregious than a rude comment. But I guess this is where we're at. Promoting violence is okay in response to a dumb comment.

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    Hey, it's New York! What did you expect?
    Throw in the "Tiger Effect" and you can multiply the asholiness X 10.

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    I don't remember whose program it was now, think it was Hank Haney's spot, but there was quite a bit of discussion last week about how rowdy/unruly the fans most likely would be at Bethpage simply because the vast majority would New Yorkers. Sounds like that discussion was spot on. Personally, I find it embarrassing when I witness such behavior. I guess my upbringing shows. I was told never to be an embarrassment or bring any kind of embarrassment to my family. The words were also...you know will know you will witness you doing it and will know who you are and who your family is.

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    I know it says I am from Missouri City TX but I have moved to Weston Lakes TX.

    Tried to change it in my profile 15 times so far, says "saved" but still does not change.

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    On -, @jholz said:

    I was yelled at in Coney Island for ordering a sandwich wrong.

    But then again, that happened in Philly too.

    I guess I just suck at ordering sandwiches.

    Ffs. If you’re ordering , how can it be wrong ?

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    On -, @Pauly567 said:

    I wanted to see if anyone here attended yesterday's first round , and if so what their thoughts were on the fans? I don't write very many posts on GolfWRX, but I have to say that attending Bethpage yesterday was pretty nauseating to say the least. I'm sure there will be people who throw around words like Snowflake, etc when they read this, but the etiquette or lack there of I witnessed yesterday was deplorable; and it was all under the heading of "Hey, I'm from NY". As someone who grew up on Long Island, I was embarrassed. I stood next to the tee-box on 7 watching Phil, Rory and Kisner come through and wanted to vomit at the stuff that was coming out of some of these people's mouths; and could only imagine what the players were thinking. Then Phil hit the restroom after he teed off, only to return to very specific and graphic questions about what he was doing in there.....there were some other choice remark as well thrown Rory's way.
    That being said, I think I'm venting more on the fact that this has become "acceptable" ... I guess it's just worse in NY because people think that being from NY they just have an excuse to be A--H---e. I was going to take my 5 year old to the tournament yesterday, but I though it would be to long a day for him . I'm glad I made that decision, as I'm not quite sure what I would have said to him at that point when he said, Daddy, why are they yelling those things at them? ...Maybe I just witnessed the worst fans of the week on that particular tee box, but something tell me I'm being being to optimistic.
    I just happen to see the Billy Horshell Incident last week on twitter, and I guess that's what also prompted me to write this. I was in 100% agreement with Billy and his reaction. Reading comments from people om twitter who genuinely believe they have the right to act, say and do anything they want is total Bull---t. Get some manners people...and If you can't control your self when having a few beers, then don't drink. I'm all for cheering, and a little heckling, but there's a line ....and if you don't know where that line is then stay home.

    Well said, and I don't agree that heckling should be allowed. These are individuals trying to make a living. Nobody comes to their jobs and bad mouths them while they try to work.
    I have never been to the Masters or many other tourneys for that matter, but I don't ever recall some one yelling "mash potatoes", or "ba ba boi" at Augusta. Why? I'm sure they'd haul you rump out of there and you'd loose your ticket and likely the right to ever come back. Other tourneys should do the same.

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