Rory McIlroy is having a great week at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, on the leaderboard at least.
McIlory started Sunday alone in third at 10-under, just two shots back of leader Henrik Stenson heading into the final round.
But he’s also getting frustrated by unruly fans on the course, one of whom he says was repeatedly yelling out his wife’s name.
And McIlroy also says alcohol might be the root of the problem.
“There was one guy out there who kept yelling my wife’s name,” said McIlroy, per CBS Sports. “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 the 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.
“I know that people want to come and enjoy themselves and whatever, and I’m all for that, but sometimes when the comments get personal and people get a little bit rowdy it can get a little much. It used to be like you bring beers on to the course or buy beers but not liquor. And now it seems like everyone’s walking around with a cocktail or whatever. So I don’t know whether it’s just go back to letting people walk around with beers in their hand, that’s fine, but, I don’t know.”
Maybe Saturday’s round was a little more chaotic, due to the fact it was St. Patrick’s Day, but the Irish star points to tournament hosts that are swayed by the popularity of the Phoenix Open, which has embraced rowdy displays by fans and is considered the biggest party in golf.
“It’s obviously a lot of tournaments see how successful Phoenix is and they want to try to replicate that, which is great,” said McIlroy. “It’s great for the tournament; it’s great for us. But golf is different than a football game, and there’s etiquette involved. You don’t want people to be put off from bringing their kids when people are shouting stuff out. You want people to enjoy themselves, have a good day.”
That said, McIlroy takes the course at 2:10 p.m. ET with a real shot at winning.
“I began the day outside the top 10 and wanted to at least give myself a chance going into (Sunday),” McIlroy said. “So it was a great day out there. I can’t really ask for much more.”
–Field Level Media