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Wicked Rude: LIV XIV prepares for a traditional Boston reception

Brookline, Mass. ( Associated Press) — Every loudmouth from Yarmouth and Atholl to Masahol descended on The Country Club this week, when 14 golfers at the U.S. Open field face the American public for the first time since joining an upstart, Saudi Arabia. Will face the American people. -Supported tour.

Expect to energize Boston’s famed sports fanbase with an injection of genuine international intrigue and make the commercial casting call of Sam Adams look like a quiet, secret enclave.

The men named Sully and Fitz lined the fairways and greens at the 140-year-old club during practice rounds, ready to greet their least favorite golfers with the same welcome that their ancestors had at the Redcoats in Lexington and Concord. was given to

“It’s going to be loud, and it’s going to be a lot of fun,” said US Open champion Jon Rahm, who has stuck with the PGA Tour and skipped the big, guaranteed pay days offered by LIV Golf.

“The US Open hasn’t been here in a very long time, so they’re hungry for it, and you can tell,” Rahm said. “It almost seems like what’s happening in the world of golf, they almost want to show their presence even more. I don’t really know what to expect, but I’m really looking forward to it.”

Six-time major champion Phil Mickelson was more tentative, being the biggest name in LIV XIV. He said in February that the Saudi regime was “scary (outrageous)” in funding the new tour, but still reported $200 million to play on.

Mickelson, one of the world’s most popular players, said on Monday that he is not sure his supporters will leave him,

Just in case, he made fun of the locals like Parker House rolls.

“The Boston crowd is the best in the game,” Mickelson said during a 25-minute media session after arriving in this Boston suburb from last week’s LIV event outside London.,

“I think his enthusiasm and energy is what creates such a great atmosphere,” he said. “So whether it’s positive or negative towards me, I think it’s going to provide an incredible atmosphere to hold this championship.”

Golf is generally the most civilized game of the game, with its green whispers and polite, accolades. Talking during a player’s swing is rude; Appeasing an opponent’s memory is simply not done.

Cob, there are exceptions.

The Phoenix Open is a beer-fueled revelation that wouldn’t be out of place in the Yankee Stadium bleachers. And here at The Country Club, the 1999 Ryder Cup erupted into a huddle living as “The Battle of Brookline.”

During a biennial competition between golfers from the United States and a team from Europe, Robin Williams-in-drag hired sly Scotsman Colin Montgomery to resemble the film’s character Mrs. Doubtfire (as well as former New England Patriots coach Bill Parcells). was constantly harassed. , nicknamed “tuna”).

Similarly some other nuances of the game were overlooked, most notably the American celebration after Justin Leonard’s cup-cleaning birdie on the 17th green – before getting a chance to dismiss Jose María Olazabal. The Europeans raged.

But those movements were light in comparison to what other up-and-coming athletes have experienced in Boston.

Yankees shortstop Bucky Dent has acquired a new middle name—it rhymes with “Bucky”—for a home run offense against the Red Sox. A water bottle was thrown at Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving after the post-season game; He had the courage to leave the Celtics after professing his love for the city.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell was hidden from view in a 2017 New England Patriots Super Bowl banner-installation, lest it still haunt fans with his decision to suspend quarterback Tom Brady for his role in the Deflagate cheating saga. Annoyed.

And just last week, Celtics fans greeted Golden State Warriors antagonist and NBA Finals rival Draymond Greene with an obscene chant. (It also, somewhat unimaginatively, rhymes with “Bucky.”)

“Classy. Very classy,” said Warriors coach Steve Kerr, who was cornered by the duck boat driver – although cordially – while walking around the city.

“Just Boston is Boston,” the Boston Globe explained Wednesday in a deep dive into the characteristic cold shoulder. For the sports lovers of the city. “Rude gestures just how we say ‘hi’ here.”

The US Open was crowded, but the week was well behaved as golfers played their practice rounds. Two gray women discuss their online bridge matches as they wait to cross the 18th fairway. Men wearing golf shirts from their home clubs discussed business, or their latest round.

Mickelson had a handful of cops running alongside him on Tuesday – not unusual for one of the biggest names in the game, even if he appears to be more alert than usual. He only heard cheers as his guard made his way around the course.

“Good stuff, Phil!” Shout out Kameron Luthia of Cumberland, Rhode Island, who saw Mickelson tee off at No. 6 on Tuesday. “Boston loves you, Phil!”

Luthia said that he became a fan of Mickelson because they are both left-handed. Asked if he was troubled by his ties to the repressive Saudi regime, Luthia said carefully: “I support Phil and his golf game.”

“I like the way he plays,” Luthia said. “He’s in it to win it. He has no fear.”

In fact, Mickelson may have nothing to fear other than a punishing country club layout this week. The 51-year-old San Diegan, who turns 52 on Thursday, has won every major tournament except the US Open, which bills itself as “golf’s toughest test”, finishing second for a record six times.

“Don’t kill the Boston fans,” Larry Costello, a resident of the nearby West Roxbury neighborhood, told a reporter as Mickelson came to the gallery to greet an acquaintance. Fans took selfies and carried luggage to sign for the golfer, before headed to the fairway to complete his round.

The gallery followed, but not before Luthia offered one last thought:

“Screw Kyrie,” he shouted to a reporter. “You can throw it in there.”


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