Social Media Goes Wild Again After Yet More 'Poor' Etiquette On The Green

A competitor was seen standing right next to the hole and on the through-line of her playing partners' putts. It's safe to say it had mixed reactions...

Screenshots from a video posted to Twitter
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Golf Twitter was very much divided earlier in the week after some 'poor etiquette' seen on a putting green during a women's college tournament, and that same tournament has produced another moment that has riled up golfers on social media.

Former PGA Tour player Tom Gillis posted a two-second clip on Twitter with the caption: "No way!"

It showed a competitor appearing to do the AimPoint green reading method while standing right next to the hole, with both of her playing partners still to putt.

This can certainly be deemed as poor golfing etiquette, and she was lambasted on social media by golfers, with the short video having well over 400,000 views.

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"Orange Top girl needs a serious lesson in etiquette," former European Tour player Tony Johnstone wrote. "If someone did it in our day there would have been an altercation.

"Not instructed on etiquette as juniors. Amazing that they’ve got this far without being brought to book. Maybe some are jut self-centred and just don’t care. Penalties should be applicable for etiquette abuses as well as rules."

Six-time Hunter Mahan simply replied with a GIF that said: "what the hell?"

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Three-time DP World Tour winner Scott Hend also agreed that it was poor etiquette. "Brutal just brutal...... pretty much showing ZERO respect for playing partners," the Australian wrote.

No Laying Up's Tron Carter joked that he was concerned about today's youth.

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Not all the comments were negative though, with some sticking up for the competitor in question.

"Nothing wrong here," one user replied. "Anyone who’s played college golf in the past 5-10 years knows aimpoint is a very popular method to read puts. She didnt walk on anyone’s line."

Another said, "I wouldn't do this, but I also don't see it as a problem," while another wrote, "The amount of golf losers complaining about this is insane."

Others were also impressed that she was getting on with her routine quickly to avoid slow play, although the majority of the comments were perhaps more on the negative side.

Elliott Heath
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Elliott Heath is our News Editor and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news team as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as five Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. His first Open was in 2017 at Royal Birkdale, when he walked inside the ropes with Jordan Spieth during the Texan's memorable Claret Jug triumph. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Western Gailes, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays off of a six handicap. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!

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