Elkington blasted for helicopter tweet


Australian golfer Steve Elkington has been widely condemned after making a vile joke in the immediate aftermath of Friday’s tragic accident in Glasgow.

Upon hearing the news that a police helicopter had crashed into the Clutha Vaults pub in the city, the 1995 PGA champion tweeted: “Helicopter crashes into Scottish pub… Locals report no beer was spilled.”

Twitter users were quick to round on the 50-year-old for his idiotic remark, which he soon deleted. He later attempted to defend himself, insisting that he had not been aware of the severity of the accident, which has so far claimed the lives of nine people.

Despite all that, however, he stopped short of apologising for the tweet. In reply to a message from top Scottish sportswriter Tom English, he did say: “I know you want more… I’m sorry”, although that tweet also later mysteriously vanished.

Not surprisingly, many were quick to slam Elkington for his crass insensitivity.

“Don’t really know him but after Birkdale and Glasgow comments, don’t want to #sadman” – Paul Lawrie

Former Guardian golf correspondent Lawrence Donegan tweeted: “You really are a lowlife, Elkington. May God ensure you rot in hell.”

Fellow Scottish golf writer John Huggan added: “For those who have not yet figured it out… @elkpga is one odious human being #blockhim”

Even Elkington’s fellow pros criticised him for his stupidity. Alerted to the remark by a Twitter user, Ryder Cup hero Ian Poulter replied: “Not surprised, Elkington is a penis.”

Another Ryder Cup star, Paul Lawrie said: “Don’t really know him but after Birkdale and Glasgow comments, don’t want to #sadman”

Lawrie was referring to another incident involving Elkington from this year’s Senior British Open.

During the championship, he posted a series of contemptible, borderline racist tweets about the host venue Royal Birkdale and Southport, the town the course is in. He subsequently required a police escort to play the third round of the tournament.

Elkington’s tweet – your reactions

What did you make of Steve Elkington’s tweet about the helicopter crash in Glasgow? Leave your thoughts in our ‘Comments’ section below.

Michael McEwan

Michael McEwan

Assistant Editor at bunkered golf magazine
Michael McEwan is the assistant editor of bunkered and its sister publications Scottish Club Golfer and English Club Golfer. He is also a frequent contributor to www.bunkered.co.uk.
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  1. Stewart Mcnab

    December 2, 2013 at 8:42 am

    the elks a tossah !!!!

  2. Mark Hetherington

    December 2, 2013 at 8:54 am


  3. Paul Mackin

    December 2, 2013 at 8:56 am

    there are tasteless jokes about every tragedy. The closer you are to it, then obviously the more offended you get by it.

  4. Paul Mackin

    December 2, 2013 at 8:57 am

    I wouldn’t be surprised if quite a few folk found it funny before they realised the severity of the situation.

  5. David Millar

    December 2, 2013 at 9:00 am

    Yes, a few people used that line of defence. It would appear Mr Elkington and a few others closer to home couldn’t be bothered watching the news coverage prior to Tweeting or Facebooking.

  6. Bill Barclay

    December 2, 2013 at 9:10 am

    The last time I was in Pumpherston golf club Im sure tjat Elk was an honorary member or something like that fue to his fomer caddie. I think this should be removed if still in place.

  7. Steven Whalen

    December 2, 2013 at 9:12 am

    Nice reply by Poulter haha

  8. David Barr

    December 2, 2013 at 9:17 am


  9. Kenneth Davidson

    December 2, 2013 at 9:32 am


  10. Iain Macfarlane

    December 2, 2013 at 9:47 am

    To think of the tragic loss of life & what these poor people are having to endure right now. For someone, no matter from what walk of life to say what he did is just so wrong. Ian poulter, good on him.

  11. Ann Dempsey from Adelaide, South Australia

    December 2, 2013 at 9:49 am

    how shameful of him – so sorry to all my Scottish family and friends and the families of those who perished. RIP

  12. Bob Howie

    December 2, 2013 at 10:07 am

    Some people will say and do anything for 15 minutes of fame, shame his name slurs Australians in general,many of whom have direct Scottish descendants from Glasgow itself. The only way to stop idiots like this is to remove their playing rights, he earns millions on the back of his stupidity. Maybe hitting him in his pocket would be the only way to shut him up.

  13. Andrew Watson

    December 2, 2013 at 10:35 am

    Hopefully this nugget will never play the game on these shores ever again. P

  14. andrew watson

    December 2, 2013 at 10:39 am

    Hopefully we will never see this man will never play the game on these shores again sponsors should be reminded of this every tournent in scotland.

  15. Paul Conlin

    December 2, 2013 at 10:49 am

    Elkington is not welcome to play again in Scotland.
    If he does he shall soon realise he should not have come!

  16. Mik Rowan

    December 2, 2013 at 11:06 am

    Nuthinbutatwatbytheway chimheneedsaboot inthebaws

  17. Harry Laird

    December 2, 2013 at 11:25 am

    Sick joke: all the more disappointed that there is not a quick, unconditional apology. I’m fed up with the nonsense in cricket: play the game and never mind the sledging. We don’t want this nonsense in golf either. All sympathy to those who have lost loved ones, prayers too for the injured and the rescuers.

  18. Shaysda

    December 2, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    he would need far more than a police escort should he visit Scotland again.

  19. Stuart

    December 2, 2013 at 12:28 pm

    he has used the term paki since birkdale a despicable human being

  20. The PMUK Agency

    December 2, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    The man is a disgrace.

  21. Gary Stewart

    December 2, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    HIT him where it hurts , pull his tour card, The PGA should take a hard line with comments like this, as they are the ones he represents.

    Our thoughts and wishes are with the people of Glasgow at this terrible time

    Gary Stewart

  22. david mcneil

    December 2, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    I live a few miles from the crash site , for someone of his standing in the game to say what he did
    the R and A should bring him to book he will never be welcome in Glasgow or Scotland again
    Well done to Poults for calling him a penis but I will use the Glasgow term for him he is
    a BAWBAG littile PRICK.

  23. Gregor

    December 2, 2013 at 4:45 pm

    Well done Polts but a penis is a useful thing. He is an arsehole and I think we should introduce him to John Smeaton when he next visits Scotland

  24. Iain

    December 2, 2013 at 5:18 pm

    Ellkington is a real low life scumbag. I hope the PGA of America take action against him for these crass remarks. Next time. He plays uk make sure he’s got enough protection around him.

  25. Ryan Crance

    December 2, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    @The_Bulldog_ RT: : Elkington blasted for helicopter tweet – http://t.co/TNcjabQSkH http://t.co/eOxghhU5np

  26. TommyBrannigan

    December 2, 2013 at 6:45 pm

    Elkington should be blasted, into outer space, cretin that he is.

  27. Rodney Johnston

    December 2, 2013 at 11:23 pm

    As the deleted text showed it was a mistake and Steve Elkington will reflect however we have all made mistakes and the response has to be in context and the remarkable response from the people of Glasgow is what should be highlighted. As a Glaswegian the friendliness of the Glasgow people is legendary so a hurting response puts you below, revenge puts you even but forgiveness puts you above

  28. Donald Wynn

    December 3, 2013 at 10:24 am

    What possessed Elkington to make such a mindless crass remark on a tradgedy that has touched the hearts of everyone.God bless all the grieving relatives of the victims and the brave people of Glasgow. And lastly— Shame on you Elkington you have brought shame on the noble sport of Golf. Time for the PGA
    to take drastic action on a mindless idiot.

  29. Avatar of Chuckie


    December 4, 2013 at 11:16 am

    What a d*ckhead

  30. the hamster

    January 23, 2014 at 8:11 am

    Elkington is an arse. If you don’t know what you’re talking about just keep your mouth shut and say nothing. The problem with him repeatedly is his astounding arrogance. People enjoying a night out lost their lives, it could have happened to anyone of us.

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