ORLANDO, Fla. — Rory McIlroy wondered Saturday if limiting alcohol sales might help curb some of the loud and abusive behavior he believes is getting worse at PGA Tour tournaments.
A month ago, McIlroy suggested that the commotion that surrounds a group following Tiger Wo cost the 14-time major champion half a shot per round.
“It’s tiring,” McIlroy said. “I’ve got a headache after all that.”
During Saturday’s third round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill, McIlroy again felt there were instances of poor behavior that crossed the line.
“There was one guy out there who kept yelling my wife’s name,” said McIlroy, who shot 67 on Saturday to pull within two shots of leader Henrik Stenson.
“I was going to go over and have a chat with him. I don’t know, I think it’s gotten a little much, to be honest. I think that they need to limit alcohol sales on the course, or they need to do something because every week, it seems like guys are complaining about it more and more.”
Three weeks ago, Justin Thomas had a spectator removed during the final round of the Honda Classic because he believed the fan had gone too far, yelling at his ball to get in the rough or in the water or taunting him as he walked from a green to a tee.
Nobody has dealt with boisterous fans more than Woods, who has learned to do deal with the distractions better than anyone simply out of experience. A spectator in his gallery was removed Friday for constantly yelling, including one time as Hideki Matsuyama was about to hit a shot.