Golf fans say the darndest things

By Jason CrookJune 30, 2012, 8:11 pm

It's quiet ... almost too quiet. Actually it's perfect. With no fans on the course today at Congressional, we've been robbed of our weekly unimaginative and ridiculous things fans scream while watching golf. Gone are the days of fans yelling 'Get in the hole!' at Tiger as he tees off on a par 5. Well, they are still yelling that, but the new breed of golf fan has taken a liking to screaming out absurd and nonsensical things.

This trend has been growing for years now but nowhere has the problem been more evident than at the U.S. Open earlier this month, where the fans were, how shall we say “special”. So we can either ignore this problem as it continues to grow, or acknowledge and rehash these as they undoubtedly get louder and more obnoxious anyway. I choose the latter. Seems like more fun.

Mashed Potatoes!

Sorry dude, but yelling out random items of food to be funny began and ended with the Chazz Reinhold era in 'Wedding Crashers'. It was about three minutes long. So, as in just about every other aspect of life, it's Will Ferrell – 1, you – 0. Please stop embarrassing yourself. Ma! The meatloaf! We want it now!

Filet mignon! Medium rare!

We're going tag team now? One guy isn't enough to yell unfunny things? Only thing positive I can say about this shout-out is at least they gave good advice on how to cook steak.

5 Hour-Energy!

Mr. Furyk, I applaud your dedication to 5-Hour Energy. But if you're going to continue to dress like a NASCAR with two legs, can you at least get your fans to stop shouting your sponsor at the top of their lungs? I don't think that's asking too much.

Yeah playa!

Took on a whole new meaning post fire hydrant.

Baba Booey!

Apparently the Howard Stern producer has found the secret to staying relevant, or as relevant as he's ever been. Just simply follow around Graeme McDowell and yell out your own name whenever he putts.


Have to admit this one did make me chuckle, but only because of how good of a Chewbacca noise that was, it was flawless. I'm envious, probably about as envious as this guy is of anyone who's ever had a date or who doesn't live in their mom's basement. (Side note: If you have any quarrels with how to spell Chewbacca's signature growl, take it up with the Google machine, that's who I consulted.)

Yabba dabba doo!

It's common knowledge that Fred Flintstone loved his golf. You know what he doesn't love, people yelling in his backswing. If you want to yell 'Yabba dabba doo' at 5 o'clock on a Friday after a long week at the office, go for it. Your colleagues will probably look at you funny, but that's what the catchphrase was intended for. But please, leave that stuff at the office where it's accepted. The golf course is a place to escape our crazy coworkers.

So, next time you find yourself at a golf tournament thinking about how your voice is going to make it as the next big viral hit, try going against the grain and not saying anything. It's actually way easier to watch golf that way, for the guy screaming, and for the people covering their ears. As we are all witnessing on this lovely Saturday at Congressional.

The golf world celebrates Thanksgiving

By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 23, 2017, 6:01 pm

Here's a look, through social media, at how the golf world celebrates Thanksgiving.

Lexi Thompson:

Baking time!!

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David Feherty:

Jack Nicklaus:

GC Tiger Tracker:

Steve Stricker:

Golf Channel:

Frank Nobilo:

Ian Poulter:

Happy Thanksgiving: Biggest turkeys of 2017

By Grill Room TeamNovember 23, 2017, 3:00 pm

Thanksgiving brings us golf's biggest turkeys of the year. Donald Trump, Grayson Murray and a certain (now-former) tournament director headline the list. Click here or on the image below to check out all the turkeys.

Tributes pour in for legendary caddie Sheridan

By Randall MellNovember 23, 2017, 2:54 pm

Tributes are pouring in as golf celebrates the life of Greg Sheridan after receiving news of his passing.

Sheridan, a long-time LPGA caddie who worked for some of the game’s all-time greats, including Kathy Whitworth and Beth Daniel, died Wednesday in Indian Rocks Beach, Fla., at 63. He was diagnosed in July 2016 with brain and lung cancer.

Sheridan worked the last dozen years or so with Natalie Gulbis, who expressed her grief in an Instagram post on Wednesday:

“Greg…I miss you so much already and it hasn’t even been a day. 15+ seasons traveling the world you carried me & my bag through the highs and lows of golf and life. You were so much more than my teammate on the course…Thank you.”

Sheridan was on Whitworth’s bag for the last of her LPGA-record 88 titles.

“When I first came on tour, I would try to find out how many times Greg won,” Gulbis told Golfweek. “It’s a crazy number, like 50.”

Matthew Galloway, a caddie and friend to Sheridan, summed up Sheridan’s impressive reach after caddying with him one year at the LPGA Founders Cup, where the game’s pioneers are honored.

“Best Greg story,” Galloway tweeted on Thanksgiving morning, “coming up 18 at PHX all the founders were in their chairs. Greg goes, `Yep, caddied for her, her and her.’ Legend.”

In a first-person column for Golf Magazine last year, Gulbis focused on Sheridan while writing about the special bond between players and caddies. She wrote that she won the “looper lottery” when she first hired Sheridan in ’04.

“Greg and I have traveled the world, and today he is like family,” Gulbis wrote. “Sometimes, he’s a psychologist. Last year, my mom got sick and it was a distraction, but he was great. When I used to have boyfriend issues and breakup issues, he was my confidant. In a world where caddies sometimes spill secrets, Greg has kept a respectful silence, and I can’t thank him enough for that. He’s an extension of me.”

Four months after Gulbis wrote the column, Sheridan was diagnosed with cancer.

“The LPGA family is saddened to hear of the loss of long-time tour caddie, Greg Sheridan,” the LPGA tweeted. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and players he walked with down the fairways. #RIP.”

Dean Herden was among the legion of caddies saddened by the news.

“Greg was a great guy who I respected a lot and taught me some great things over the years,” Herden texted to

Here are some of heartfelt messages that are rolling across Twitter:

Retired LPGA great Annika Sorenstam:

LPGA commissioner Mike Whan in a retweet of Gulbis:

Golf Channel reporter and former tour player Jerry Foltz:

Christina Kim:

LPGA caddie Shaun Clews:

LPGA caddie Jonny Scott:

LPGA caddie Kevin Casas:

LPGA pro Jennie Lee:

Fitzpatrick one back in 2018 Euro Tour opener

By Associated PressNovember 23, 2017, 1:37 pm

HONG KONG – S.S.P. Chawrasia had six birdies and a bogey Thursday for a 5-under 65 and a one-stroke lead at the Hong Kong Open, the first event of the 2018 European Tour season.

Playing in sunny but breezy conditions at the Hong Kong Golf Club, the greens had the players struggling to gauge the approach.

''Very tough conditions today,'' Chawrasia said. ''It's very firm greens, to be honest. I'm just trying to hit the second shot on the green and trying to make it like a two-putt.''

Full-field scores from the UBS Hong Kong Open

Shubhankar Sharma and Matthew Fitzpatrick (both 66) were one shot behind, while seven others were tied for fourth a further stroke behind.

''Hit it great tee to green,'' Fitzpatrick said. ''I think I had like seven or eight chances inside 15 feet, and on a day like today when it's so windy and such a tough golf course, with how tight it is, yeah, it was a good day.''

Justin Rose, who won the title in 2015, shot was 2 under with five birdies and three bogeys.

''I think the course played a couple shots harder than it typically does,'' Rose said. ''I like this course. I think it offers plenty of birdie opportunities.''

Masters champion Sergio GarciaRafa Cabrera Bello and defending champion Sam Brazel (69) were in a group of 16 at 1 under.