OLYMPIA FIELDS, Sick. — Max Homa skilled the potential for disruption with betting at PGA Tour occasions when he stated a fan yelled in the course of his 5-foot birdie putt Saturday within the BMW Championship.
Homa already was fighting quick putts on a windy day at Olympia Fields, having missed a 2-foot putt on the seventh gap and a 5-footer at No. 12.
What bothered him was what he described as a drunk fan on the seventeenth gap, proper after Chris Kirk had left his 18-foot birdie putt about 1 foot quick. Homa holed his 5-footer, then shouted and pointed on the man as he walked off the inexperienced.
“There was a in all probability drunk — I hope, for his case, or else he is simply he largest loser there may be — however he was cheering and yelling at Chris for lacking his putt quick,” Homa stated. “And he saved yelling — certainly one of them had $3 for me to make mine — and I bought to the again of my again stroke and he yelled, ‘Pull it!’ fairly loud.
“I made it proper within the center, after which I simply began yelling at him.”
Followers have been inserting facet bets on golf for years, particularly on holes just like the island-green seventeenth on the TPC Sawgrass or the infamous sixteenth gap on the Phoenix Open. Golf now permits for reside betting, and one concern at all times has been whether or not that might disrupt play.
“I like that folks can gamble on golf, however that’s the one factor I am anxious about,” Homa stated. “I do not know what he needed to lose. He bought kicked out in all probability, and we had been the final group.”
Homa stated he known as the fan a clown with “possibly one other phrase,” and that caddie Joe Greiner was in all probability a bit extra direct.
“It is simply at all times one thing that is in your thoughts,” Homa stated of followers shouting. “It is on us to remain targeted or no matter, nevertheless it’s simply annoying when it occurs. … Followers are so nice about being quiet once we play. I believe they’re superior. When anyone ever talks, it is so unintentional.
“It simply sucks when it is extremely intentional, and his pal particularly stated it was for $3. Not that cash issues, however that is a irritating quantity.”
Not less than it ended properly for Homa. He made the birdie. He made a 7-foot par putt on the 18th gap and regardless of a troublesome day was nonetheless two photographs inside Scottie Scheffler and Matt Fitzpatrick.
“It was good to make it proper within the center,” Homa stated. “And, hopefully, he needed to pay his buddy that $3 instantly on the way in which out of the property.”