Earlier today, the PGA Tour announced it would be banning fans who yell “Brooksie” toward Bryson DeChambeau when he’s on the course. DeChambeau has expressed his displeasure with this heckling, given the mutual animosity between him and Brooks Koepka.
You can count golf social media personality and PointsBet contributor Paige Spiranac among those who think the ruling is stupid. She’s not against cracking down on harassment from fans, but thinks banning a word is the wrong way to go about it.
Spiranac conveyed her reasoning on Twitter this afternoon.
“Let me just say that I don’t condone harassment and I do feel bad that Bryson is dealing with it,” she wrote. “We need him to make golf interesting. But how this has been handled with banning a word is only going to make it worse for him. Fix the bigger problem. It’s not ‘Brooksy.’”
Let me just say that I don’t condone harassment and I do feel bad that Bryson is dealing with it. We need him to make golf interesting. But how this has been handled with banning a word is only going to make it worse for him. Fix the bigger problem. It’s not “Brooksy”
— Paige Spiranac (@PaigeSpiranac) August 31, 2021
“I’m against anyone yelling anything while they are hitting,” Spiranac continued. “I think if you’re harassing someone then you should get kicked off. But this seems a little much. I’ve followed Tiger before and you would’ve been shocked by what people said.”
In his final tournament hearing “Brooksy” on the course–or at least the last one where saying it will be legal–DeChambeau lost a heartbreaking playoff to Patrick Cantlay at the BMW Championship.
He’ll try to bounce back at this weekend’s Tour Championship, which he enters ranking third in the FedEx Cup standings.
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