If you watched more than a few minutes of The Players Championship on TV this weekend, chances are good you heard “Get in the hole!” more than a few times. That’s because someone shouts it after every shot, including from the tee box of the longest par 5’s.
It’s like nails on a chalkboard to this Caveman’s ears, and I can only imagine how frustrating it is to the players. Add in the occasional “You da man!” and I’d be ready to wrap a 5 iron around the first fan I could catch!
I’ve heard from fans who claim they don’t mind it or even say it adds excitement to the game, or that it’s better than the “quiet golf clap” atmosphere of the PGA Tour ten years or so ago. And the TV networks probably couldn’t edit the screams out and keep that amazing THWACK of the club and audio of player reactions and banter with caddies.
Since there’s no way to stop a shout before it happens, and removing fans seems harsh, I guess I’d be happy if I only had to hear “Get in the hole!” when the ball actually might go in – par 3’s, short chips and makeable putts only. But I know that’s too much to ask for, and I know what I’ll be hearing – after every shot – next weekend at the Valero Texas Open.
PS: Who’s with me on this? I know I’m not the only one reaching for the Mute button on Sunday afternoons…