With fan noise taking center stage over the weekend at Oak Hill, one of the most popular golfers on Twitter locked horns Sunday with one of America's most popular media personalities.
We should be allowed to take 10'000 volt tazers onto the course and tazer ever muppet who shouts out something stupid. I would laugh then.— Ian Poulter (@IanJamesPoulter) August 11, 2013
A second tweet was then sent with stronger language, singling out a certain faction of cheers:
'This baba boo (crap) & mash potato crap shouting wouldn't happen at Augusta, The Open, nor would it happen at Wimbledon. Tazer the thrushes.'
Though fan cheers of 'Baba Booey,' a trademark phrase tied to shock-jock Howard Stern, began in earnest last week at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational when Keegan Bradley, a noted Stern fan, was paired with Tiger Woods during the third round, they grew exponentially this week at Oak Hill. Whether 'Baba Booey,' 'Mashed potatoes,' 'Chewbacca,' or the old standard of 'Get in the hole,' it seemed a tee shot couldn't be struck over the weekend without dozens of fans immediately screaming as the ball flew down the fairway.
The fan noise particularly drew the ire of runner-up Jim Furyk, who quickly looked back into the crowd after striking his tee shot on the 16th hole Sunday, feeling as though the fan exclamations may have begun before he had hit the ball.
In response to Poulter's second tweet, Stern himself chimed in, retweeting Poulter's statement and correcting his spelling, adding 'It's spelled Baba Booey.' That statement was then retweeted by Bradley, among hundreds of others.
No stranger to testy exchanges on Twitter, Poulter fired back to Stern over follower count, where Poulter actually holds a slight edge:
RT @HowardStern it's spelled Baba Booey >> How have you only just got more followers than me. I thought you was big time. Hahahaha— Ian Poulter (@IanJamesPoulter) August 11, 2013
It remains to be seen how the PGA Tour may handle similar fan outbursts at future events. Augusta National reserves the right to permanently revoke badges under similar circumstances.