After Bryson DeChambeau’s foul-mouthed spat with Brooks Koepka’s heckler, the PGA head answers.
Bryson DeChambeau’s foul-mouthed altercation with a heckler at the BMW Championship has prompted PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan to speak out.
PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan has threatened to ban spectators who trash Bryson DeChambeau from future tournaments. The warning comes after DeChambeau’s unsavory post-playoff loss to Ryder Cup teammate Patrick Cantlay at the BMW Championship on Sunday, when the latter reacted angrily to a scream of “Great work, Brooksy.” DeChambeau responded to the culprit with a foul-mouthed remark before motioning for authorities to take him away.
Monahan added that “pent-up demand” to watch live sport during the coronavirus outbreak had played out in a “ugly way” in several sports ahead of the season-ending Tour Championship in Atlanta.
He stated, “We have to be deliberate about our expectations for fan behavior, and I feel our fan code of conduct provides that.”
“You are expected to contribute to a welcoming and safe atmosphere by refraining from and reporting any hazardous, disruptive, or harassing behavior by attending a PGA Tour event.
“Any harassment of players, caddies, volunteers, officials, personnel, or other spectators will not be tolerated, nor will any comments or gestures that undermine the game’s inclusive and friendly nature.”
“Fans who violate our code of conduct will be kicked out of the competition and will lose their accreditation or ticket.”
Fans insulting DeChambeau with screams of “Brooksy” will not be tolerated, according to Monahan.
When asked if he thought such behavior was disrespectful, he said, “Yes, and the reason I say yes is because the barometer that we all use is the word respect, and to me, when you hear “Brooksy” yelled or any expression uttered, the question is, is that respectful or disrespectful?”
“This has been going on for quite some time now. It’s disrespectful to me at this point, and that’s the kind of behavior we’re not going to tolerate in the future.”
Since footage from the PGA Championship in May of Koepka being interrupted by his fellow American during an interview, the hatred between DeChambeau, 27, and Koepka, 31, has raged on.
Then, during the Memorial Tournament in June, a group of spectators were escorted from Muirfield Village for yelling “Brooksy” at DeChambeau.
Despite the fact that Koeka was not participating in the event, he continued to stir the.