Yelling “Fore!” is one of the few elements of golf etiquette that transcends the game.
Think about it, you’ll see plenty of people taking a mock swing with a golf club yelling “Fore!” who don’t have a damn clue what the rules are for when you hit into a lateral hazard or where on the course you can and can’t ground your club. Basically the word “fore” has made its way into the vocabulary of the average person, and yet the pros can’t seem to get it off their tongues.
Of course, the pros follow the written rules religiously because, well, if they don’t it costs them money. But with regards to the basic, unwritten rule of yelling fore when a tee shot is headed for the gallery at 170 mph, there’s a disturbing lack of adherence.
You’ll see examples of the Tour’s brat children engaging in this ignorance in almost every telecast, but as GCW pointed out, Pat Perez’s efforts (or lack thereof) at the Genesis Open were particularly troubling.
Not once. Not twice. But three times PP sent drives into the gallery without the requisite shout.
Watch one example of Double P sniping the gallery in horror..
Pat Perez just hit a guy square in the dome pic.twitter.com/E4YBxfaiBn
— Fore Play (@ForePlayPod) February 19, 2017
Pat Perez isn’t the only offender and it’s a pretty horrific lack of concern for something that, you know, could easily kill a person. And if you’ve ever been 290 yards from the tee at a PGA Tour event trying to follow the ball, you know well enough it’s exceedingly difficult. When a player yells fore and indicates the ball is coming in your direction, as a fan, you know to duck and cover. When they don’t, often you don’t.
Also, sign-waving marshals ought to be held more responsible as well. It’s more important that people know to shield themselves from potential instruments of death than merely stand in place around the tee box. That could be a reason the pros don’t say it as well, they put too much trust in the people around them, when they are the ones hitting the ball. Believe me, they know when they shank it, so why can’t they just say the word themselves?
It’s a real problem, and certainly one that goes against the ethos of this mannered “gentleman’s game.”
Another problem on Tour is the ever-present use of tobacco on the golf course. These are the worst offenders: