By: Dave Odegard
If you were watching the US Open on Sunday, then you probably witnessed something totally insane. No, we’re not talking about Webb Simpson’s come from behind run with three birdies in a row on the course of San Francisco’s Olympic Club, nicknamed the “Graveyard of Champions”, to finish up one over par and beat out leaders Jim Furyk and Graeme McDowell…though that was pretty nuts.
We’re talking about after Simpson had accepted his trophy and medal and was being interviewed by Bob Costas, when this happened:
And while most people are willing to write this off as one nutty guy, the behavior is actually (if you’ll forgive the appropriate pun) par for the course when it comes to golf fans. Because while most people would assume golf fans have the air of sophistication and affluence, the reality is far more frat house than turn of the century gentleman’s clubhouse.
Golf fans can get really weird and here are five examples to prove our point:
Fred Flintstone, Golf Fan
Maybe it’s something to do with the fact that this year’s US Open was in San Francisco that brought out the weirdness in the crowd, but jumping in front of the winner’s post tournament interview to make birdcalls wasn’t the only odd thing done by fans. There was also this guy, who shouted out Fred Flintstone’s famous catchphrase of “Yabba Dabba Do!” while Graeme McDowell was teeing off on the 15th hole.
“Get in the hole!” Guy
There really isn’t a specific maniac who shouts “Get in the hole!” when a player tees off, but there is some pervasive misconception among relatively new golf fans that it’s an appropriate cheer. The fact of the matter is that most course holes take a professional golfer at least three shots or more to get to the hole, so shouting “Get in the hole” on the first shot doesn’t make a lot of sense. It’s actually something that really annoys die-hard golf fans. Though we do find the whole idea of someone like Phil Mickelson turning to a spectator and saying something like “Ohhhh, I’m supposed to be getting into the hole?! Thanks for telling me!” pretty hilarious.
So you’re going to the Ryder Cup, do you have everything need? Red wig? Check. Groucho Marx mustache? Check. Cigar? Check. That’s pretty much the thought process of Rupesh Shingadia, a 30-year-old London investment analyst, as he preparing to head out to watch the storied golf completion in 2010. Of course, Shingadia probably didn’t think he’d be in the crowd when this iconic photo of Tiger Woods taking a tee shot was taken and that he would then become an Internet sensation…but that’s exactly what happened.
[Pic via Screengrab]