The heckling of Brooks Koepka by the crowd at the US PGA was unacceptable but is likely to be even worse for Europes players when the Ryder Cup comes to the course in 2024
” The fans here have been tremendous .” Suzy Whaley did not intend to raise eyebrows with a speech, typically filled with platitudes, following the conclusion of the US PGA Championship. Instead, given events of Sunday afternoon, the PGA of America president’s lauding of New York galleries was horribly misplaced. It was laughable, in fact.
Just because Brooks Koepka gleaned inspiration from fans chanting in support of Dustin Johnson and, even worse, cheering his own miscued irons the Bethpage scenario should not be shrugged off. Those spectators were not so much anti-Koepka/ pro-Johnson as keen to witness a great sporting turnaround- as nearly transpired- but the scene was ugly.
Praise is due to Harold Varner III. Fresh from a disastrous 81 in his fourth round, when playing in Koepka’s company, he spoke out against gallery behaviour.” I thought it was pretty weird how they were telling Creeks to choke ,” Varner said.” That’s not my cup of tea. I was pulling for him after that. I have a few choice terms for that .”
What on earth this venue may be reduced to when the US take on Europe in the 2024 Ryder Cup is already in focus. Hazeltine, three years ago, find a more frenzied Ryder Cup backdrop than is useful for anyone. If Bethpage turns into a febrile, tribal bear cavity for an individual event, then heaven knows what will occur as the golfing golden boys of the United State combination. Which, in itself, is farcical; the players on either side of the Ryder Cup have actually never had more in common or been closer.” We actually talked about this a lot during the week ,” said Koepka.” Good luck to Europe with the fans .”