Fans attending the 2018 Masters better be on their best behavior. Augusta officials won’t hesitate to remove fans who utter certain phrases, including “dilly dilly,” at golfers competing in the first major of the year.
Bryce Richie is covering the Masters for Bunkered Online and shared this information on Monday.
Just been told security staff at Augusta National have been handed a sheet with a list of sayings that are prohibited. I'm told "dilly dilly" is one of them. Patrons who shout out these phrases will be "removed" immediately. #themasters
— Bryce Ritchie (@BRitchieGolf) April 2, 2018
Golf certainly has changed over the years. Such a measure would never have been necessary in the past. However, there’s been an uprising in poor behavior by fans, who have become increasingly unruly on the golf course while watching these professionals at work.
Recently, many golfers complained about a poor working environment during the Waste Management Phoenix Open, as fans made the 16th hole very difficult to deal with. Justin Thomas had a fan removed during the Honda Classic, and a couple weeks back Sergio Garcia did the same while competing in the WGC-Dell Match Play event.
Having seen all this go down, the officials at Augusta National are clearly taking a head-on approach to this issue. Hopefully fans will not give them any reason to flex their muscles.