Should Justin Thomas have had a spectator tossed for heckling him and rooting for his ball to end up in a bunker at the Honda Classic? Certainly, the fan's behavior is a deviation from the conduct we usually expect from golf galleries. On the other hand, it's pretty tame stuff for a sporting event. All of which circles back to the questions posed by fan behavior at the Phoenix Open, or in the gallery following Tiger Woods. Good behavior, and a much higher standard than, say, a football game, has been traditionally expected of spectators. If this is still the case, the PGA Tour would do well to install an apparatus for policing that doesn't look like a 70-year-old man holding a "quiet, please" sign.
Your Editor, Ben Alberstadt
Justin Thomas said Monday that he was sorry "to any and all who were offended" and that he "overreacted" by having a heckler tossed at the Honda Classic.
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