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Hazeltine has gone overboard with the first tee Ryder Cup grandstands

August 31, 2016

From Boo Weekley doing the bull dance to Bubba Watson calling for cheers during his swing, the first tee at the Ryder Cup has become one of the most raucous scenes in golf:

If you thought those environments were rocking, Ryder Cup organizers are looking to amplify the noise in Minnesota. Whereas most first tees in golf are affixed with a small grandstand or two, officials at Hazeltine National are doing their best to put other opening boxes to shame:

Each Ryder Cup seems to be trying to top the previous one. The amphitheater setting grew from Medinah in 2012 (above video clip) to Gleneagles, with players' only tunnel led the golfers to the tee as the applause washed over them.


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We're guessing, however, that amphitheater at Hazeltine won't be lacking in the thunder department come next month.