“Comments or gestures that undermine the inclusive and accepting ethos of the game, as well as any harassment of players, caddies, volunteers, officials, employees, or other spectators, will not be accepted,” Monahan said. Fans who harass Bryson DeChambeau with “Brooksy” chants may be kicked out of tournaments in the future, according to PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan.
Monahan announced revisions to the fan conduct policy for attending tournaments ahead of the season-ending Tour Championship, with abusive or disruptive behaviour and statements no longer accepted.
The PGA Tour claims that the policy change was postponed due to the Covid-19 outbreak, which began in 2020, and not in response to abuse directed at a specific player, with Monahan stating that the behaviour violates “the civility and respect that are characteristics of the game.”
“We have to be deliberate about our expectations for fan behaviour,” Monahan said, “and I feel our fan code of conduct does that.” “By attending a PGA Tour event, you agree to help create a welcoming and secure environment by abstaining from and reporting any hazardous, disruptive, or harassing behaviour.”
“Any harassment of players, caddies, volunteers, officials, personnel, or other spectators will not be tolerated, nor will any comments or gestures that undermine the game’s inclusive and friendly nature.”
“Fans who violate our code of conduct will be kicked out of the competition and will lose their credential or ticket.”
After losing a play-off for the BMW Championship against Patrick Cantlay, some spectators were ejected from The Memorial Tournament for chanting “Brooksy” at DeChambeau, and police were reportedly forced to intervene when DeChambeau responded violently to a cry of “Great work, Brooksy.”
“Yes, and the reason I say yes is the barometer that we are all using is the word respect, and to me, when you hear “Brooksy” yelled or any expression yelled, the question is, is that respectful or disrespectful?” Monahan said when asked if shouting “Brooksy” at DeChambeau would constitute harassment.
“This has been going on for quite some time now. It’s insulting to me at this point, and that’s the kind of behaviour we’re not going to tolerate in the future.”
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