ATLANTA — An up to date fan conduct coverage may see spectators ejected from PGA Tour occasions for disrespectful conduct, together with shouts of “Brooksy” which have gained appreciable consideration not too long ago due to an ongoing spat between Bryson DeChambeau and Brooks Koepka.
“Followers who breach our code of conduct are topic to expulsion from the event and lack of their credential or ticket,” commissioner Jay Monahan mentioned throughout a information convention at East Lake Golf Membership, the place the season-ending Tour Championship begins Thursday.
“Now, I might ask our followers, once more, the perfect followers on the planet, to take a second and take into consideration what it means to be a golf fan and to get pleasure from a PGA Tour event. We’ll be leaders on this area. We’ll present everybody how simple it’s to get pleasure from your self at an occasion whereas additionally respecting the athletes within the subject of play and the followers round you, a lot of whom are households with younger youngsters who’ve an opportunity to be lifetime followers of the sport themselves.
“Fairly truthfully, we should always count on nothing much less from one another, whether or not we’re at a golf event or elsewhere in life.”
Requested particularly concerning the taunts which have dogged DeChambeau for the previous a number of months, Monahan mentioned it might qualify for being ejected.
“The barometer that we’re all utilizing is the phrase ‘respect,’ and to me, whenever you hear ‘Brooksy’ yelled otherwise you hear any expression yelled, the query is, is that respectful or disrespectful,” Monahan mentioned. “That has been occurring for an prolonged time period. To me, at this level, it is disrespectful, and that is the sort of conduct and we’re not going to tolerate going ahead.”
Monahan mentioned he has spoken to each DeChambeau and Koepka, however the coverage monitoring fan conduct predates their spat, which escalated in Could on the PGA Championship, the place an unaired video of Koepka exhibiting contempt for DeChambeau went viral, resulting in months of back-and-forth banter.
It has included a big quantity of taunting of DeChambeau, who at first appeared to embrace it however has develop into more and more distracted by it, together with on Sunday on the BMW Championship, the place he misplaced in a playoff to Patrick Cantlay and had a quick confrontation with a fan afterward earlier than calling for safety, in line with ESPN’s Kevin Van Valkenburg.
“It is one thing that I’ve talked to not solely these two gamers, however loads of our gamers about,” Monahan mentioned. “It is one thing I’ve talked to our companions within the business about, and we’ve all agreed that collectively we’ve bought to come back collectively and show what is really distinctive about our recreation. And should you return to the historical past of the sport, the values of honor, integrity, respect which were central material to the sport for the reason that time limit, our expectation is that that is what we will expertise at our tournaments.”
Monahan made a number of different bulletins:
Purses will enhance by $35 million within the 2021-22 season, an 18% enhance. The brand new season begins in two weeks on the Fortinet Championship in Napa, California.
The Zozo Championship might be performed exterior of Tokyo as scheduled, the fifth occasion of the 2021-22 schedule, Oct. 21-24. Final 12 months’s occasion was relocated to California due to the coronavirus pandemic. *The WGC-HSBC Champions in China, scheduled for the week following Zozo, is being canceled for the second consecutive 12 months. The Bermuda Championship, performed the identical week, might be elevated to full FedEx Cup standing and the winner will obtain a Masters invitation.
Monahan mentioned there to this point aren’t any plans to restart COVID-19 testing amongst gamers, caddies and officers at tournaments due to vaccination ranges that high 80% amongst gamers, caddies, workers and officers. “But when we’ve discovered one factor, issues may change with pandemic,” Monahan mentioned.