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Unruly fans becoming the norm on PGA Tour

Unruly fans becoming the norm on PGA Tour

It’s become as much a part of players’ lives on the PGA Tour as double bogeys, rain delays and Monday morning playoffs, and just about as pleasant.

Fans who cross the line between cheering and jeering — shouting during backswings or while players are preparing to make a shot — sometimes present as big a challenge as a 220-yard carry over water to a green the size of a golf cap.

At the Waste Management Phoenix Open, where the fan experience is highlighted by the stadium seating surrounding the par-three 16th hole, razzing has become the norm. Players are routinely booed for missing the green, and many players enjoy the rowdy atmosphere … as long as it doesn’t actually affect...