"There was one guy out there who kept yelling my wife's name."
Multiple golfers have expressed complaints about hecklers on the tour this season, including Rory McIlroy who was recently asked about the rowdy behavior and put forth a potential solution to the problem.
McIlroy, who won the Arnold Palmer Invitational over the weekend, thinks the PGA Tour "need to limit alcohol sales on the course." After Saturday's round, he was asked if he had dealt with any instances of heckling recently and offered the following response.
"There was one guy out there who kept yelling my wife's name," McIlroy said, per ESPN, after finishing up his Saturday round at the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill. "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 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 I'm all for that, but it's when the comments get personal and people get a little bit rowdy it can get a little much," McIlroy told ESPN Saturday. "It used to be you bring beers on the course but not liquor. And now it seems like everyone's walking around with a cocktail. So I don't know if it's just go back to people walking around with beers in their hand, that's fine, but I don't know."
Accoring to Golf Week, just last month McIlroy said the crowds following Tiger Woods for two days gave him a headache and that he was forced to give up two shots to the field per tournament due to all that insanity. Justin Thomas has also spoken out against the growing number of hecklers, and he even had a fan ejected during the final round of the Honda Classic.
Despite the hecklers at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, McIlroy went on to win, marking his first victory since September of 2016.