Nov
9
2010
Tiger-Heckling Policy in the Down Under: There Isn’t One
By Stephanie Wei under Tiger Woods

Tiger-heckling in Melbourne: It's not condoned, but it's not banned

Contrary to a rumor report from Australia’s Herald Sunthe same outlet that claimed Tiger Woods was planning a “shocking” return at the WGC Accenture Match Play back in February — fans who heckle Tiger won’t be given one warning before getting booted from Victoria Golf Club, the site of this week’s Australian Masters.

According to Reuters, tournament director Marcus Gale said, “There is no specific policy directed toward Tiger Woods.

“We expect all spectators to be courteous as they have always been here, a fact that Tiger commented upon last year.

“He won’t be treated any differently from any other player in this regard. We have the same policy for the 120th ranked player as for the top ranked player in this field.”

Gale added, “It would be silly to adopt a one warning and you’re out policy and not look at every issue on a case-by-case basis.”

And how could you police the one-strike-and-you’re-out system, anyway? I mean, if tournament organizers warn a fan for making inappropriate remarks on one hole, are they going to follow the fan for the remainder of the day? That sure would require a lot of man power!

70,000 to 100,000 people are expected to flock to Victoria Golf Club this week.