MCILROY GOLF FAN GETS EJECTED
The golfer from Northern Ireland was between the seventh green and the eighth tee when he had a heated exchange with a US fan who kept shouting and swearing at him, US Today Sports reported Saturday.
McIlroy and German playing partner Thomas Pieters were in the midst of a four ball match against Americans Brooks Koepka and Dustin Johnson when the ugly incident occurred.
FIRED UP MCILROY
US Today Sports said McIlroy endured the repeated insults and slurs for a short time before he finally decided to do something about it. The golfer suddenly turned and walked towards the ropes which separated the huge gallery from the golfers. He stood there for a moment and scanned the crowd before he spotted the culprit.
“Get him out of here,” he said as he pointed into the crowd. Golf marshals quickly ascended on the heckling fan. McIlroy stood and watched the marshals confront the fan for a few moments. He also chatted casually with another marshal before continuing on to the next tee.
The marshals assured US Today Sports that the unruly fan would be ejected from the golf course.
McIlroy who has been deemed “Europe’s chief danger man,” has continually drawn the attention of the boisterous crowd. He said he was determined to stay unfazed despite any barbs aimed in his direction. On Friday he bowed to the noisy crowd after nailing a crucial putt that gave him and Pieters a win over Americans Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed.
The pro American crowd quickly learned that heckling McIlroy may have backfired. The current Fed Ex Champion and world’s number three golfer seemed all fired up Saturday as he and Pieters held a four up lead after nine holes. Every time McIlroy sank a critical putt it was accompanied with fist pumps, and hand slaps with his partner and their caddies.
“About 99.9 per cent of the crowd are fantastic. But there is always the 0.1 per cent who really don’t understand the values we are playing and competing here and go over the line,” stated Team Europe member Rafa Cabrera Bello.
US Today Sports noted that most fan displayed really good behavior but as the Europeans over came a dismal first day and began to play much better golf against the Americans, the noise has increased in proportion until sometimes it crosses the boundary between patriotic support and just plain ignorance.