Spieth: Boston’s Drunk Galleries Make It Different Than a Golf Tournament

Norton, MA – At first glance, with his already-iconic resume, his ties to Tom Brady, and his recent epic hole-out win at the Travelers down in Connecticut, you would think Jordan Spieth would be a fan favorite in New England.

But according to Spieth, that’s not the case. In fact, primarily due to drunkenness, the galleries at TPC Boston were unlike anything he’s ever heard in golf – which is hard to believe considering the reputation of places like the 16th at Phoenix and the 17th at the Honda Classic.


 
“They were loud. They were drunk. They were definitely drunk out there,” said Spieth, who was smirking and seemed to take it in stride. “It felt different than a golf tournament. It felt like you were at a — I mean, there were guys yelling at me, ‘Spieth, J.T.’s better; Spieth, J.T.’s better.’ You just never really hear that.”

Spieth said that it’s standard for golf galleries to root for their favorite players, but they normally don’t call out other players.

“Normally in a golf crowd, if you like somebody better than someone else, they just root for them; not actually tell you how they feel about you,” said Spieth. “But it’s sports. I mean, when some opposing team comes in and plays the Dallas Mavericks, I’m yelling at them, so who am I to judge.”

While Spieth attempted to spin the behavior, a PGA Tour event is not the same as a NBA game. This seems to be a case of fans in Norton, amped up on too much Grey Goose – among other adult beverages, playing to the caricature of Boston sports fans.

Tom Gorman

Tom Gorman is a Boston-based golf writer, and a longtime member of the Golf Writer's Association of America. Comments can be sent to teetalk@aol.com.

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