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Why I hate the ‘mashed potato’ crowd

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I’m a grumpy old man.

At least that’s how I feel when I watch American golf on TV these days.

As a relatively young 35-year-old, I should probably (or at least) have a bit of buzz, a bit of excitement in my approach to life. I’m the type of guy who should be accusing others of being dull and monotonous.

But thanks to an unfortunate increase in the number of annoying shouts at US golf events, I find myself shaking my head at the TV like a grumpy old man.

Except, I have damn good reason to. For too long now, these boorish American fans have spoiled golf events for ‘normal’ fans around the world. It’s not a problem over here in Europe. It doesn’t happen. We’re above that kind of ‘behaviour’.

They are morons (now I sound like my dad). But they are. Only an idiot would shout “mashed potato!” after someone’s hit a tee shot, followed by “yabadabado!”

It was funny the first time, it genuinely was. But there’s nothing worse than a joke that goes too far.

I’ve just returned from a boys golf weekend – 24 guys in attendance – and not one single shout. Do you know why? Because it would just be a bit daft to shout anything. But you’d think with guys who have been drinking all weekend, acting daft away from their normal daily lives… one of them might shout something – just for a laugh – after a tee shot. Nope. Turns out we’re not morons.

And that’s the problem. It’s not even drink-related. They do it for various reasons, but it mainly boils down to simply being an idiot. It’s become custom to shout something that relates to the tour player. It’s their way of saying “we know who you are” and we’re supporting you. Clapping is no longer a show of support, according to these clowns.

We now know that tour players have, in recent months, walked up to supporters and told them to knock it off. It’s beyond the joke now.

You may have heard already, but our publication, bunkered, has launched a petition to get as many signatures from people who feel the same way. Once we’re done, we’re going to send it to Tim Finchem, the commissioner of the PGA Tour. We’re not demanding action. All we want is for them to at least discuss the problem and talk about a solution.

Do that, and I can stop being a grumpy old man and get back to enjoying watching US golf without sound like a grouch.

If you agree, click here and sign our petition. You can also leave a few comments of your own once you’ve enjoyed reading a few that are listed.

Bryce Ritchie

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14 Comments

  1. Avatar of doug457

    doug457

    September 8, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    Couldn’t agree more, are any of these so called golfing fans actually there to enjoy the golf, I doubt it.

    • Avatar of MikeyMiyamoTao

      MikeyMiyamoTao

      November 8, 2013 at 9:14 pm

      The recipe for perpetual ignorance is: Be satisfied with your opinions and content with your knowledge.

  2. Chris Clark

    September 11, 2013 at 11:57 am

    I agree. This can get so annoying…

  3. Avatar of Jas

    Jas

    September 12, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    I agree totally . It can spoil your enjoyment on a Sunday evening. I suspect these guys are more baseball fans than golf fans.

  4. Avatar of hacker 1

    hacker 1

    September 13, 2013 at 7:55 pm

    Not sure it’s as bad as we are making out ,,,

  5. Avatar of sharpie

    sharpie

    October 3, 2013 at 11:37 am

    their is nothing worse than get in the hole when their ball is not even on the green

  6. brian

    October 7, 2013 at 8:09 pm

    I am sorry to say that your Monday publication is typical of the reason the Seve Trophy was so poorly supported, your lead story was The Presidents Cup(who cares),not the Scots I speak to about golf. I was in Paris to support GB&I but there was not a mention of the competition in the press. Could you in future put the European golf reports first and your love of all things American to the secondary comments.

  7. mpower

    October 13, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    Hmm. You’re thinking of US football fans, not baseball. You don’t hear baseball fans shouting moronic phrases after each pitch… it simply doesn’t happen. The guys you’re talking about here are lunkheads… certainly not baseball fans.

    • Avatar of jim5050

      jim5050

      November 6, 2013 at 9:55 am

      Aye you do. They shout all sorts of shit. They’re worse than golf fans.
      Doesn’t bother me.

  8. Avatar of The Bishop

    The Bishop

    November 7, 2013 at 4:11 pm

    Agree it’s annoying. Watching Turkey right now and doesn’t seem to be too many shouts. Must be a US thing. Idiots.

  9. Avatar of Gio

    Gio

    November 11, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    its only annoying if its shouted during the downswing! doesnt bother me and its only a bit of fun, silly, but fun

  10. Avatar of Mikey

    Mikey

    November 11, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    The most frustrating thing about watching major or any golf tournament. There is always one who feels the need to stand out from the crowd.

  11. Harry Bell

    November 20, 2013 at 8:59 pm

    The shout that got to me was GET IN THE HOLE a tee shot on a 534yb par 5

  12. Tony Marino

    November 28, 2013 at 11:53 pm

    Agree with you it seems only to be a US thing although I was appalled at the recent World Cup antics from the Aussies as they followed Adam Scott and Jason Day around doing much the same or worse; classy golfers, classless supporters.

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