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European, PGA Tour Execs Shoot Down Reports Of Potential Takeover
Published August 14, 2013
CALLING THEIR SHOTS: USA TODAY's Steve DiMeglio notes fans have increasingly been screaming "nonsense just after players swing." However, PGA Tour Exec VP & Chief Global Communications Officer Ty Votaw yesterday said that he is "not sure what can be done" to police the growing trend. Votaw said, "I don't know if it is any more of a concern than it has been, and I'm not sure it has been that much of a concern. As long as they don't do it during a player's swing, it's difficult to police." He added, "It might be worse in certain places. But we'll keep looking into it." Golfer Ian Poulter "fired off a series of tweets following the PGA Championship on Sunday, including this one: 'We should be allowed to take 10,000 volt tazers onto the course and tazer every muppet who shouts out something stupid. I would laugh then.'" But Poulter "was not alone." Other players, including Jim Furyk, "turned back to stare intently at the gallery after outbursts" during the final round of the tournament. CBS analyst Nick Faldo "spoke on the air about how annoying it was, to players and everyone else" (USA TODAY, 8/14). PGA Championship winner Jason Dufner said the fans yelling after golf shots is “getting crazy out there.” He said, “We’ve got a lot of rules out there for what the spectators are supposed to do out there in the galleries, and they don’t seem to follow much of those rules anyway. So I don’t think if they put a rule in place it would really help it” (“Mike & Mike, ESPN Radio, 8/13).
FINISH LINE: PGA Tour Exec VP & COO Andy Pazder said that "caddie races, a staple during tournaments at TPC Scottsdale and Colonial, will no longer be allowed." Pazder: "It was a situation where we developed a little concern about caddies’ safety. Running 150 yards puts caddies at risk for injury." GOLFCHANNEL.com's Hoggard noted the caddie race at Colonial's par-3 13th is "considered the original," and officials at the Byron Nelson Championship and Waste Management Phoenix Open "added the event in recent years" (GOLFCHANNEL.com, 8/13). Pazder said the atmosphere at the Waste Management Open's 16th hole is "pretty lively without the caddie races to further enliven it." He added, "It made sense to dial down the volume a little bit." The tourney will instead feature an "interactive game where spectators can guess which golfer's ball will come closest to the hole" (GOLF WORLD, 8/19 issue). YAHOO SPORTS' Shane Bacon wrote the ban on caddie races "seems so shortsighted." The Tour "focuses on the craziness" that is the Waste Management Open, but is "trying to outlaw one of the most fun parts of the entire week?" (SPORTS.YAHOO.com, 8/13).