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Sergio Garcia Says Philly Hecklers ‘not very creative’

Jun 17, 2013, 4:45 PM EDT


Philly sports fans have long been considered innovators, but Sergio Garcia is not impressed.

Garcia had a long weekend at Merion Golf Club, finishing at 15-over for the U.S. Open. Lucky for him nobody is going to remember what he shot this year. His 2013 Open experience will be all about the amount of heckling he had to put up with.

The most notable example was one spectator yelling, “Fried chicken,” as Garcia got set to tee off, a reference to a remark he made about Tiger Woods. The NBC broadcast also reported instances where police asked the Spanish golfer if he wanted hecklers removed, but the trooper that he is, Garcia declined citing that it would only make things worse.

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So I guess you could say he did a good job tuning it out, because let’s face it, he probably could’ve shot that +15 if there wasn’t another soul at the course. You folks must be losing your edge though, because Garcia didn’t seem to think the quality of heckling was very good. Per our own Nick Menta:

One reporter asked Garcia’s thoughts of Philadelphia and its fans.

“Good, good. Very good, yeah. They’ve been good,” he said.

Another reporter asked him about the heckler and whether he had prepared himself for that kind of response this week.

“Yeah, I think it was a possibility,” he said. “Like I said on the first day, for the most part [the fans] have been very good. Obviously there’s a little group, they’re trying to be funny and stand out. They shout a little bit louder than the rest.

“You know the only thing I have to say is that they’re not very — how you say — like, you know, they’re very common. They’re not very creative.”

That same reporter asked if they, the hecklers, followed him at all. It was the third straight question about the topic.

Garcia responded to the question as he began walking away.

“I think so,” he said, as casually he could. “I don’t know.”

Philly fans have been called a lot of things, but ordinary hecklers might be the worst.

Nice attempt by Sergio to downplay the story. I’m sure regardless of what he says it was a huge distraction, and if it did get to him, he seemed determined not to admit it.

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  1. yishmeister - Jun 17, 2013 at 4:49 PM

    “…they’re very common”…..says the white guy who made a fried chicken joke about a black guy.

  2. willh888 - Jun 17, 2013 at 4:52 PM

    When asked about the specific nature of the comments, Sergio replied “nothing major.”

  3. Mike - Jun 17, 2013 at 4:58 PM

    It also was a golf outing, had he been at the LINC, CBP, Wells Fargo or the VET back in the day, I’m sure he wouldn’t have said they were common.

  4. bitlrc - Jun 17, 2013 at 6:45 PM

    “they’re not very creative. but what do you expect from the fans who booed santa claus?”

    • 5ive - Jun 17, 2013 at 7:26 PM

      I liked all the baba booey calls from the crowd

  5. ausoleil - Jun 17, 2013 at 11:46 PM

    Pretty brave of him to say that AFTER he left Philly.

    • Kris - Jun 18, 2013 at 3:03 AM

      He said it Saturday night.


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