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Golf Australia Express : GA Express 231
A lack of a title sponsor and the Tour’s attempt to distance themselves from Trump has unquestionably weakened the Florida Swing (and potentially alienated the new US president). Trump, a keen single figure handicap golfer who is reported to have won multiple club championships at courses bearing his name, has the potential to be the biggest supporter of our sport to ever take up residence in the White House, and perhaps should have been treated more cautiously. The issues facing the Florida Swing are not limited to the tournament at Doral. The Honda Classic inevitably attracts a strong field and is played on a tough golf course at PGA National. Some players were vocal in their criticism of the atmosphere at the event two weeks ago. Florida resident Billy Horschel led the charge, taking to Twitter to express his displeasure at the behaviour of fans surrounding the difficult par-3 17th green. Sergio Garcia was heckled after missing a short putt on Friday and met with tournament officials to discuss fan behaviour. While players are accepting of the party atmosphere at the 16th hole in Phoenix, they are less willing to accept similar behaviour on one of the toughest holes they play all year. An argument can be made that such an atmosphere attracts new fans, but the targeted heckling of Garcia has no place in tournament golf and top players won’t continue to play events if they don’t enjoy the atmosphere. FLORIDA RESIDENT BILLY HORSCHEL LED THE CRITICISM, TAKING TO TWITTER TO EXPRESS HIS DISPLEASURE AT THE BEHAVIOUR OF FANS SURROUNDING THE DIFFICULT PAR-3 17TH GREEN.
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