I wrote a dissertation about my experience on the 16th from Thursday for Golf.com last night, “The party finally gets started at TPC Scottsdale’s 16th hole.” Here’s an excerpt:
*When Michael Putnam, whom I’ve known since I was 14 from sharing the same swing coach, approached the tee, I had everyone around me yell, “Putty!” He looked over, saw me and shook his head while laughing. (He gives me a hard time like a big brother, so this was a small form of payback.) Apparently he was a little rattled because he pulled his shot into the bunker. Then he skulled it out to the other side of the green. Fans near the green yelled, “I smell 5!”
*The group of Dustin Johnson, Hunter Mahan and Geoff Ogilvy were next on the tee. After Ogilvy knocked one in the left bunker (I swear, it’s like a magnet over there), he tossed his club at his bag in disgust. Boos ensued (because of the shot).
Dustin Johnson hit it to 12 feet, the closest I saw all day. Walking down the fairway, he passed out a few TaylorMade hats to the crowd. “No, I wasn’t trying to bribe them,” Johnson laughed after play was suspended due to darkness. “Everyone gets a little nervous, but it was good. They were pretty good to me today.”
After Mahan’s tee shot came up short, he had a chip, which he caught it a little heavy and left 12-feet short. I spoke to a group of guys in the stands who said they discussed yelling, “Ryder Cup,” but decided it was too cruel.
Read the rest of the riveting story over at golf.com. I’m wondering if you guys did your thorough research on the players to find ways to heckle them cleverly, what you’d come up with? Let’s see what you got. Bring it! Maybe the best taunt gets a prize TBD.