So I thought I’d start a space to rant about things that really grind our gears. I’ll start…
What is with this current obsession for pundits to bitch about players not yelling fore? It’s utterly redundant in a pro tour event.
Today I was at the BMW PGA at Wentworth near London and on the 18th chose to sit at the apex of the dogleg so I could watch the tee shots and then approaches. It’s a dangerous place to sit as they hit the tee shots right at you and if they don’t cut the ball round the corner you’ll be in the flight path. Today I got hit square on the leg. On my shin to be exact.
It bloody hurt. But I don’t mind because I knew the risk of sitting there. There’s always risk spectating at a golf event. The player said sorry. Good enough for me. And I don’t need a damn glove, despite what idiots around me were demanding obnoxiously of the player.
But here’s the thing - the guy was 300 yards from me on a golf course covered by thousands of people, many of whom were talking as he hit it. I have no idea if he yelled fore. But it didn’t matter. I was surrounded by marshalls and about 300 people, all of whom were tracking the ball in, as was I. Everyone was yelling as it came right at us. Very loudly. People were diving out of the way. I certainly knew it was coming. The only reason it hit my leg and not my balls was because in the commotion I covered my head in the fetal position and lifted my legs up to protect myself.
It didn’t matter a damn if he yelled fore. I had a much more immediate and efficient warning system all around me. In a spectating crowd you always know it’s coming at you. It’s impossible not to. So complaining that pros not doing it is some sort of dangerous selfishness is ridiculous.
It’s just a horseshit whinge just to have something to whinge about.
And while we’re on the subject, what the hell is with this modern ‘FORE LEFT / FORE RIGHT’ bullshit? Like left or right means anything to people. They are relative terms only relevant to you. Whether or not I duck & cover depends on how close the yell sounds. I’ve never once stopped to think where the yell came from, figured out what direction they were facing, worked out the left/right relative to them and came to the logical conclusion it’s heading my way. It’s bollocks.