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PGA Tour may ban followers for ‘Brooksy’ taunts in wake of Bryson Dechambeau-Brooks Koepka drama

ATLANTA – An updated fan code of conduct could result in viewers being banned from PGA Tour events for disrespectful behavior, including shouting “Brooksy,” who has received considerable attention recently due to an ongoing dispute between Bryson DeChambeau and Brooks Koepka.

“Fans who violate our Code of Conduct will be banned from the tournament and lose their credentials or tickets,” said Commissioner Jay Monahan during a press conference at East Lake Golf Club, where the Tour Championship begins Thursday’s end of the season.

“Now I would like to ask our fans, the very best fans in the world, to take a moment to think about what it means to be a golf fan and enjoy a PGA Tour tournament. We’ll be leaders in we’re going to show everyone how easy it is to have fun at an event while respecting the athletes in the area of ​​the game and the fans around you, many of whom are families with young children who have a chance lifelong fans of the game itself.

“In all honesty, we shouldn’t expect anything less from each other, whether we’re at a golf tournament or anywhere else in life.”

When asked about the taunts that have followed DeChambeau over the past few months, Monahan said it would qualify for expulsion.

“The barometer we all use is the word ‘respect’ has been around for a long time. To me, that’s disrespectful at this point, and that’s the kind of behavior we won’t tolerate in the future. ”

Monahan said he spoke to both DeChambeau and Koepka, but the behavior of fans policing the guidelines predates their spit, which escalated in May at the PGA championship, where an unaired video by Koepka revealed disdain for DeChambeau reveals that went viral, resulting in months of back and forth banter.

It mocked DeChambeau on a significant scale, who seemed to welcome it at first but was increasingly distracted, including on Sunday at the BMW Championship where he lost to Patrick Cantlay in a playoff and a brief confrontation with a fan afterwards before hitting the Security demands, according to Kevin Van Valkenburg from ESPN.

“It’s something I’ve talked about not just with these two players, but with a lot of our players,” said Monahan. We need to get together and show what is really special about our game. And when you look at the history of the game, the values ​​of honor, integrity and respect that have been at the core of the game since then, we expect to see this in our tournaments. ”

Monahan made several other announcements:

  • Wallets will increase by $ 35 million in the 2021-22 season, an increase of 18%. The new season starts in two weeks at the Fortinet Championship in Napa, California.

  • The Zozo Championship will be played outside of Tokyo as planned, the fifth event on the 2021-22 schedule, 21.-24. October. Last year’s event was moved to California because of the coronavirus pandemic. * The WGC-HSBC Champions in China scheduled for the week after Zozo are canceled for the second time in a row. The Bermuda Championship, which will be played that same week, will be upgraded to full FedEx Cup status and the winner will receive a Masters invitation.

  • Monahan said there are no plans to resume COVID-19 testing of players, caddies and officials at tournaments as vaccination rates for players, caddies, staff and officials are above 80%. “But if we learn one thing, things could change with a pandemic,” Monahan said.


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