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Golf is a majestical sporting event. It’s a gentleman’s game and it should be treated with respect. Causing a ruckus during a man’s backswing is a crime that should be punishable by death. However, there are some traditions in golf that should not be messed with: the Byron being the biggest party on the tour and the party that is the sixteenth hole at the Waste Management Phoenix Open are two of those.
The sixteenth hole at this open is truly something that every golf fan should experience at least once in his life. The famous par 3 is surrounded by stadium grandstands where the fans go nuts for the players and the caddies. Players interact with the fans by throwing shirts and candy into the stands, but it appears as if this is all about to come to a screeching halt. The PGA’s fun police announced Tuesday that players and caddies are no longer allowed to throw, kick, or propel things into the stands.
The PGA Tour becoming like the no fun league. Trying to take the fun out of Phoenix Open. pic.twitter.com/tuWl7dAwsp
— Alex Miceli (@alexmiceli) January 13, 2015
First, they banished the caddie races in 2013. Coincidentally, this announcement also came on the heels of Tiger announcing he will make his 2015 debut at TPC Scottsdale. This is all the PGA’s doing, too, as tournament officials want to see the shenanigans continue.
When asked whose idea it was to stop these things, the answer is what you’d expect.
“You’re going to have to direct those questions to the PGA Tour,” said a tournament official who wishes to remain nameless.
Since it doesn’t seem as if we’ll get the spectacle back for the foreseeable future, let’s pour one out for the sixteenth hole and take a look back at some of the iconic moments it gave us.
Padraig Harrington Kicking A Ball Into The Stands
The Caddie Races
Bubba Watson Tossing Sunglasses To Some Lucky Fans
The PGA is taking away our freedom and I don’t like it one bit..