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Brooks Koepka has given his verdict on fan behaviour at PGA Tour events, insisting that whilst there’s room for improvement, it’s generally not an issue.

The four-time major champion was speaking in the wake of tour commissioner Jay Monahan outlining changes to the fans’ code of conduct earlier this week.

Going forward, any fan deemed to be making “comments or gestures that undermine the welcoming and inclusive nature of the game” or who harass players, caddies,volunteers, officials, staff or other spectators will face the threat of ejection from tournament grounds. 

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The subject of fan behaviour has been thrust into the spotlight again recently following an escalation in tensions between Koepka and Bryson DeChambeau which has resulted in hecklers sarcastically branding the latter ‘Brooksy’ at tournaments throughout the summer.

Asked for his thoughts on the matter after the opening round of this week’s season-ending Tour Championship, Koepka said: “I mean, I get it. Everybody’s trying to be as respectful as you can. Between me, the fans, everybody, try to live their life like that. So I think we all can do a better job. But at the same time, it’s fine.”

Koepka added that he, personally, hasn’t seen or experienced much of a deterioration in the way of supporters’ behaviour.

“When you’re out there, you can hear everything, so everybody’s been told something or said something they didn’t like and, I mean, that’s sports,” he said. “But, yeah, I mean, I think there comes a time a place I think
where you can see fan behavior get a little excessive. You kind of see
it in the NBA a little bit. Maybe out here as well.

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“But, like I said, everybody try to be as respectful as you can
be. Players, everybody, the fans, everybody could use a little bit more
respect.

“It doesn’t matter what you say, I’m so focused on what I got to do. And let’s be honest, most of them wouldn’t say that stuff if they were in the street right next to me, and I know that, but you put a rope in between us and they think it’s going to protect them.”


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Michael McEwan is the Deputy Editor of bunkered and has been part of the team since 2004. In that time, he has interviewed almost every major figure within the sport, from Jack Nicklaus, to Rory McIlroy, to Donald Trump. The host of the multi award-winning bunkered Podcast and a member of Balfron Golfing Society, Michael is the author of three books and is the 2023 PPA Scotland 'Writer of the Year' and 'Columnist of the Year'. Dislikes white belts, yellow balls and iron headcovers. Likes being drawn out of the media ballot to play Augusta National.

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