Professional golfers are supposed to be exactly that – professionals. However, even the best players in the world lose their heads on occasion. Whether it be celebrating a winning putt or throwing a club halfway into Lake Michigan, sometimes the game gets the best of everybody.
Here are 10 of the horrendous etiquette rules breached by Tour pros.
During the 1999 Ryder Cup at The Country Club, Justin Leonard somehow rattled in 45-foot miracle putt on the 17th hole which essentially clinched the Cup for Team USA and they did not wait to celebrate. The entire team ran onto the green, meanwhile Europe’s Jose Maria Olazabal still had a 30-footer to tie.
“That kind of behavior is not anything a golfer expects. It was sad to see . . . an ugly picture,” Olazabal said. “We [Europeans] show emotion, yes. But most of the time we behave like we should. We try to show respect.”
“The celebration spilled over. We do apologize sincerely,” U.S. captain Ben Crenshaw said. “We’re truly sorry.”
The other etiquette rule broken were those awful shirts.
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