USGA President Diana Murphy was ripped on Twitter, following the trophy presentation at the U.S. Women’s Open.
After Brittany Lang’s win at CordeValle, Murphy took to the podium and introduced the newly minted major winner to the crowd as “Bethany.”
Not once. Not twice. But three times.
And the #USWomensOpen Champion is…who? Poor Brittany Lang. pic.twitter.com/guttyqA1eI
— Aaron Levine (@AaronQ13Fox) July 11, 2016
Come on up here Bethany.
Awkward: USGA President calls U.S. Women's Open champion Brittany Lang by the wrong name: https://t.co/WOSGvt2gYs pic.twitter.com/Yslu8n7Cmq
— Golfweek Magazine (@GolfweekMag) July 11, 2016
Fans, media members, fellow tour players, and pretty much of all Twitter, were stunned at Murphy’s actions, with many accusing the POTUSGA of being drunk.
Bethany, I mean Brittany Lincome was not too happy. Naturally.
3 times. What the heck ? https://t.co/ex3NfecIzG
— Brittany Lincicome (@Brittany1golf) July 11, 2016
Senior Tour player Bob Estes chimed in.
Is it possible for the USGA Prez to mess up my first name if I win the US Senior Open? Boo?
— Bob Estes (@BobEstesPGA) July 11, 2016
Christina Kim suggested a new name for Diana.
Should we call her Dana from now on? You call me Cynthia. Way to go, @blanggolf So proud of you Honey Bear!! https://t.co/oCxwZIQ9FK
— Christina Kim (@TheChristinaKim) July 11, 2016
Kendall Dye wonders if Murphy is even a golf fan.
Is the @USGA Prez a golf fan? Do we even have a Bethany on the LPGA? #itsbrittanybioooottccchhhhh ?? ??????
— Kendall Dye (@Kendall_Dye) July 11, 2016
Stephanie Smith called it an embarrassment.
How many drinks does Diana Murphy pound before speaking on national television? ?? #usga #fail #embarrassment
— stephanie smith (@stephannesmith) July 11, 2016
The media was all over it too.
Augusta sports columnist Scott Michaux checked in.
.@USGA's Diana Murphy really shines again in getting champion's name wrong. Brittany not Bethany Lang. Only got it wrong 4 times .
— Scott Michaux (@ScottMichaux) July 11, 2016
Scott Thompson of CanadianGolfer.com spotted a trend.
USGA pres Diana Murphy is the same person who sounded kinda loaded at the men's US Open, right? #bethany
— Robert Thompson (@Going4theGreen) July 11, 2016
TV golf analyst Robert Lusetich offered a little comedy.
They're filming Caddyshack II #USGA
Congrats Bethany #DianaMurphy #USWomensOpen
— Robert Lusetich (@RobertLusetich) July 11, 2016
CBS Phoenix’s Tim Ring noticed too.
Brittany Lang just won the US Open. USGA President Diana Murphy probably should have known her name. Come on. pic.twitter.com/YXSGvOyJ8F
— Tim Ring (@timringTV) July 11, 2016
Golfweek’s Beth Ann Nichols says her mother in law even commented.
Even my mother-in-law just texted to note that Diana Murphy got the USGA champion's name wrong. #bethany
— Beth Ann Nichols (@GolfweekNichols) July 11, 2016
Brett Williams of Golf Digest with some advice.
Wow @USGA Diana Murphy may need to check into rehab
— Brett Williams (@Brett_OSU) July 11, 2016
New Zealand sports reporter Abby Wilson counted threee times.
@GolfweekNichols not just once.. but three times #awkward
— Abby Wilson (@abbywilsontvnz) July 11, 2016
Fans offered up some memes.
Good thing Dana Murphy oh Diana does have a Twitter account. Might be a bit cray cray about now. #USWomensOpen #bethany
— pinkdivagolf (@pinkdivagolf) July 11, 2016
Here's to Bethanny! #USWomensOpen #USGA pic.twitter.com/d8o9NOe5RF
— Rob Miller (@robmillertime) July 11, 2016
Hey Diana Murphy your the President @USGA slow down just a bit before your trophy presentations #BrittanyBethany???? pic.twitter.com/HcW8pyoyPt
— Tom Baker (@TomBaker2112) July 11, 2016
Murphy was also accused of being “bombed” on TV during the U.S. Open at Oakmont.
@GolfweekMag She seemed bombed at the men's US Open too. Announced Scott Piercy as Scott Percy. A total and unforgivable embarrassment ?
— Steve K (@stevekinstock) July 11, 2016
Anyone else see USGA President Diana Murphy drunk as a skunk at the US Open awards presentation? Wow, totally hammered
— Robert Hurley (@csi882) June 20, 2016
This guy Trent totally appreciates Murphy’s unpredictable behavior.
@AshleyKMayo Diana Murphy is a total wild card and I kinda love it. Drunk at trophy ceremonies and can't be bothered to learn names.
— Trent (@BarstoolTrent) July 11, 2016
And finally, Eamon Lynch suggests any criticism of Murphy is clearly because you hate women and stuff.
The casual ease with which so many folks on Twitter accuse USGA prez Diana Murphy of drunkenness is contemptible & stinks of misogyny.
— Eamon Lynch (@eamonlynch) July 11, 2016