'Easily The Worst Thing I Have Seen In Golf' - Fans React To TPC Sawgrass Animation

It's safe to say the mixed-reality celebration wasn't a hit with fans

'Easily The Worst Thing I Have Seen In Golf' - Fans React To TPC Sawgrass Animation
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To celebrate 40 years of The Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass, you'd have thought the PGA Tour would pull out all the stops. Especially given the recent and much-publicised speculation surrounding the threat of the Saudi Super Golf League

Maybe there is more to come, but to say what we got during Thursday's first round was underwhelming wouldn't be doing it justice. Just when we were crying out for more action during a heavily disrupted day of golf as well. 

Anyway, the bizarre mixed-reality celebration was picked up by American journalist Geoff Shackelford, and you can check it out below: 

A brief foray into the replies and it's clear to see it wasn't particularly well received. "Easily the worst thing I have seen in golf in years," one user commented, while Trevor Immelman, this year's Presidents Cup captain, took the opportunity to remind everyone of an infamous gold outfit worn by Ian Poulter many moons ago.

This year's event boasts a record prize purse of $20 million, as the PGA Tour looks to stave off the threat of the rumoured Saudi golf league. Jay Monahan addressed the matter ahead of his flagship event, telling reporters that "the PGA Tour is moving on."

The Tour chief was also quizzed about comments made by six-time major winner Phil Mickelson, in which he accused the Tour of "obnoxious greed" and said it was "run like a dictatorship." Mickelson has since apologised for those remarks and is currently taking some time away from the game. 

In response, Monahan added that "we always will be focused on legacy, not leverage", while insisting "the ball is in his [Mickelson's] court" in regards to his return to PGA Tour action. 

Although unconfirmed, many believe Mickelson may have been suspended, with Rory McIlroy calling for more transparency when it comes to disciplinary matters.

Andrew Wright
Freelance News Writer

A lifelong golf fan, Andy graduated in 2019 with a degree in Sports Journalism and got his first role in the industry as the Instruction Editor for National Club Golfer. From there, he decided to go freelance and now covers a variety of topics for Golf Monthly. 

Andy took up the game at the age of seven and even harboured ambitions of a career in the professional ranks for a spell. That didn’t pan out, but he still enjoys his weekend golf at Royal Troon and holds a scratch handicap. As a side note, he's made five holes-in-one and could quite possibly be Retief Goosen’s biggest fan.

As well as the above, some of Andy's work has featured on websites such as goal.com, dailyrecord.co.uk, and theopen.com.

What's in Andy's bag?

Driver: Callaway Mavrik Sub-Zero (9°)

3-wood: TaylorMade Stealth 2 Plus (15°)

Driving iron: Titleist U500 (17°)

Irons: Mizuno mp32 (4-PW)

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM9 (50°, 54° and 58°)

Putter: Titleist Scotty Cameron Newport 2.5

Ball: TaylorMade TP5x