• 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:
Couldn't agree more. Throw the bums out, no need for sloppy drunk idiots ruining what is the greatest golf event in the world. https://t.co/yEZlg9Z46l— Rich Beem (@beemerpga) October 1, 2016
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.
Fan yells "Hit it in the water" as Pieters is about to putt. Fan gets booed. Pieters makes. Europe hits in water on 7 and halves hole.— Doug Ferguson (@dougferguson405) October 1, 2016
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’.
Post shot reactions are part of the deal. Shout outs when players over ball not acceptable. Shouts when ball leaves club annoying. https://t.co/pa5QXzreci— Graeme McDowell (@Graeme_McDowell) October 1, 2016
>>its part of the deal.Shouting when player over ball is classless— Graeme McDowell (@Graeme_McDowell) October 1, 2016
RT @SYatrousis30 think cheering missed putts and bad shots is classless
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