The ups and downs of golf without fans
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The lack of fans on the course means no one is obnoxiously yelling “get in the hole!” on every shot, but it also means that the usually quiet sport of golf is somehow even quieter. CBS is filling some of the silence by putting microphones on players, which led to this fantastic moment with Jon Rahm.
While increased access to the players can be a partial replacement for the usual ambiance, there are still moments where the fans are sorely missed. Just look at what happened when Sung Kang made a hole-in-one on the 162-yard 13th.
Normally you’d expect an eruption from the fans gathered around the green that could be heard by players and fans all over the course. Instead you get the announcer saying in a semi-excited tone, “It’s a one for Kang!” and then transitioning without skipping a beat into his fun fact about how Kang “played a lot of golf here with Danny Lee.”
The subdued reaction from the players is also noteworthy. You can hear one person yell when the ball drops but it doesn’t look like there was much of a celebration on the tee box. It could just be because Kang and his playing partners Brendon Todd and Tyler Duncan aren’t too friendly, or maybe it’s that they have no crowd to feed off of and pump them up. Either way, expect to see a lot more scenes like that until people are allowed to gather en masse again.
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