Rich Beem: ‘Throw the bums out!’

Rich Beem

• Rich Beem demands ‘bums’ who heckle are thrown out
• Thomas Pieters forced to back away from a putt on No.7
• A fan yelled ‘Hit it in the water’ at the Belgian


Sky Sports commentator Rich Beem has demanded that heckling fans are thrown out of Hazeltine for helping to ‘ruin the event’.

The 2002 US PGA champion was responding to an article written by ESPN’s Bob Harig condemning the abuse US fans were dishing out – particularly to Danny Willett in the afternoon fourballs.

Harig wrote: “While the vibe is ratcheted up considerably at a Ryder Cup, it is not a football game, neither the American nor international variety. Some level of civility is expected, and given the proximity of spectators to golfers, it is tolerated even less.”

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Beem agreed, quote retweeting the article with this:

Thomas Pieters was forced to back off a putt on the seventh green after a fan yelled, ‘Hit it in the water’, only for the Belgian to compose himself and make it for a half.

Three-time Ryder Cup winner Graeme McDowell was asked about the Pieters incident, calling those who shout when a player is over the ball as ‘classless’.

Rich Beem :: Do you agree?

Do you agree with Rich Beem that heckling fans should be thrown out of Hazeltine? Leave your thoughts in the ‘Comments’ section below.

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  1. Andrew Thompson

    October 1, 2016 at 8:34 pm

    Completely agree with Rich Beem. Golf is exciting at this level and does not need dragging down into the mire by applauding poor shots .
    I’m sure there is a big contingent from Europe but as they are not celebrating poor shots from the USA team they are not so evident.

    I play golf and particularly enjoy the matchplay format and someone holing a 20 footer for the win really rips your heart out but still The comment needs to be “great putt”

  2. Andrew Thompson

    October 1, 2016 at 9:42 pm

    Unbelievable shot from Patrick Reed. Shots that good deserve to win the hole.
    3 in a row – he is outplaying the Europeans on his own

  3. Tim Lyons

    October 2, 2016 at 8:13 am

    Surely the answer is to ban the sale of alcohol at Ryder Cup venues both in the US and Europe. Of course that won’t happen because the sale of beer brings in too much revenue and the Ryder Cup is a commercial operation. I fear that the spirit in which the Ryder Cup was conceived being that of promoting goodwill between golfing nations is lost on the boozed up minority who spoil the event for so many.

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