Robert MacIntyre harassed by a fan who lost

It is not the first time that golfers report interruptions or distractions during tournaments by fans who harass them about betting issues

by Andrea Gussoni
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Robert MacIntyre harassed by a fan who lost
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It is not the first time that golfers report interruptions or distractions during tournaments by fans who harass them about betting issues. Jon Rahm already did it in August, who even asked the PGA Tour to study these situations so that they do not get out of hand, since it is easy for golfers to end up being conditioned in their game by these fans.

Robert MacIntyre, statements

Now the complaint has come from Robert MacIntyre, who revealed that he had been interrupted by a fan during the BMW PGA Championship who let him know that he had lost a bet on his performance.

"Obviously there's betting on golf these days and some people spend a lot of money on it and, unfortunately, he lost today," MacIntyre said of the spectator who yelled at him on the 17th hole. The 27-year-old golfer explained that the bet also included Justin Rose and Matt Fitzpatrick in this case.

"He told me the amount he had at stake," MacIntyre said. "Nowadays it's all about betting and I told Greg [the caddy] who was walking to the 18th tee, 'Be ready, this guy could throw anything at us here, so keep an eye on him and do your job.'

" At a tournament in Illinois, several spectators were ejected after yelling at world number 7 Max Homa about their game. Polish Adrian Meronk also had a similar incident. "I'm trying to turn all that disappointment and anger into motivation," Meronk said.

The Rules of Golf are a set of standard rules and procedures by which the sport of golf should be played. They are jointly written and administered by the Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews, the governing body of golf throughout the world, outside of the United States and Mexico, which are the responsibility of the United States Golf Association.

An expert commission made up of members of the R&A and USGA oversees and refines the rules every four years. The latest revision is effective January 1, 2016. Changes to the rules of golf generally fall into two main categories: those that improve understanding and those that in certain cases reduce penalties to ensure balance.

The rule book, entitled "Rules of Golf", is published on a regular basis and also includes rules governing amateur status. In Italy it is up to Federgolf to supervise the competitions by enforcing the rules issued by the R & A, checking that these rules are observed by the Clubs, Associations and their members and managing the resulting sporting justice, protecting their interests abroad.

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