Audrey Leishman, wife of Australian golfer and International Player Marc Leishman, revealed in a personal blog post her thoughts on the fans and players attitudes at this year’s Presidents Cup. Aptly titled, “This is not the Tour I know“, Audrey Leishman clearly appears to have minimal appreciation for the atmosphere and competitive-environment this year’s event created between the versing sides. Audrey, having grown up in Virginia, considers herself an American through-and-through yet criticized the fans for their behavior and demeanor towards the International players.
She starts the post by quoting American player Daniel Berger who in an interview stated: “I mean the goal from the minute we got out here was to just crush them as bad as we can and, um, I hope that we close them out today and we go out tomorrow and just beat ’em even worse.” Audrey conveys that the form of “nasty” commentary made throughout the event wasn’t just present in the crowd, but extended to some of the competing players.
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In the post Audrey describes the attitude of the crowd, evidently unimpressed by it all, writing: “Crowds booing for good shots and cheering for missed putts. The drinking at 7am? Screaming “Big Easy” to Ernie Els and begging for his autograph and then yelling at his players. Heckling a wife for her beauty and then her husband for his play.” It looks like Audrey wasn’t the only one who shared the same feelings and opinions, with International team-mate Anirban Lahiri tweeting about her blog post.
Unfortunate but true. https://t.co/aW5062YZ5f
— Anirban Lahiri (@anirbangolf) October 5, 2017
A video featured on Leishman’s post shows International member Adam Hadwin teeing off, only for a crowd member to shout “get in the water” upon impact with the ball.
Audrey states that she was glad her children were not at the event to see the fans in action, with Marc being called a “Blooming Onion” by one of the fans. Audrey writes:
“Golf is truly a gentleman’s sport. But last week was not the golf I know. During the opening ceremony, I was enjoying the Fanatics singing their songs that most people have come to love when I heard an American scream, “Speak English!”
1. What an awful and ignorant thing to say.
2. They were speaking English.
3. Half of the International Team is bilingual. How many languages do you speak?”
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