Monday, June 22, 2009

BEER AND THE U.S. OPEN: MORE OF EVERYTHING, MORE OF ANYTHING

Apparently, the long days of rain were good for beer sales at the U.S. Open.

Maybe too good…

The feel good story of the tournament was the tremendous support Phil Mickelson got from the New York fans. Unfortunately, there was a drunk, stupid and obnoxious sub-group of morons who thought they were funny or geniuses or both.

According to Newsday: Beer-sodden fans and rain combined for an ugly finish to a long day of golf yesterday, with Tiger Woods and other golfers subjected to drunken heckling as the action at Bethpage Black came to a close.

At 6:42 p.m., dozens of drunken spectators at Hole 10 taunted Woods as he prepared to start his third round in the rain.

"We're on Long Island, baby, where men are men!" one fan yelled. "Put that umbrella down!"

The taunts were mixed with cheers from the majority of the crowd.

Woods did not respond to the people who were heckling him but tried to quiet the crowd with a "sshh" hand gesture, putting his finger to his lips, as golfers prepared to tee off on the adjacent 12th tee.

"Suck it up, you've got your own video game!" someone shouted at Woods.

To read the rest of the story, click here.

The rowdiness that prompted Woods to shush fans Saturday night carried over into U.S. Open play Sunday. The USGA shut down beer stands at 6 p.m. - 15 minutes earlier than Saturday - but there they were at the first tee Sunday at 6:30 p.m., a dozen fans mercilessly ripping every golfer who teed off to start the fourth round.They were also at the second green, jeering Ian Poulter about his pastel trousers. And at the putting green, booing every time Henrik Stenson missed a chip shot.

Brian Ruggles, general manager for Prom Management, which is handling concessions, said the USGA told him to halt beer sales at 6:15 p.m. Saturday --15 minutes earlier than planned and around when Woods was heckled."A couple of people got a little too vocal, so they shut it down early," Ruggles said.

Ruggles said 150,000 beers had been sold through Saturday, compared to 60,000 sodas and 55,000 bottles of water.

Nice, New Yorkers, NICE!

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