Justin Thomas has been outspoken about raucous and inconsiderate fans in the past few weeks and those frustrations came to a head during the final round of the Honda Classic on Sunday.
In the heat of the battle coming down the stretch, Thomas hit a solid iron shot off of the 16th tee. After seeing his ball safely land in the fairway, Thomas turned his attention to a fan who yelled for his ball to get into a bunker.
After hitting his tee shot on 16, Justin Thomas signaled for a fan to be ejected from the gallery for a “get in the bunker” cheer.
“Enjoy your day, buddy. You’re done.”
— Will Gray (@WillGrayGC) February 25, 2018
While walking up to the 16th tee, tied for the lead, Thomas heard a fan yell in his direction: “I hope you hit it in the water!”
Thomas looked back at the spectator but didn’t say anything.
After Thomas ripped a long iron into the fairway, the same fan began shouting for the shot to get into the bunker.
“I was like, OK, I’ve had enough,” Thomas said afterward. “I just turned around and asked who it was, and he didn’t want to say anything, now that I had actually acknowledged him. So he got to leave a couple holes early.
“I don’t want to kick someone out just to kick them out. It’s just so inappropriate. We’re out here trying to win a tournament. … Just because you’re standing behind the ropes doesn’t mean that you can – I don’t care how much I dislike somebody, I’m never going to wish that kind of stuff upon them.
“I felt it was inappropriate, so he had to go home.”
On-course microphones picked up Thomas telling the fan, “Who said that? Was it you? Enjoy your day, you’re done.”
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