124th U.S. Open

Pinehurst No. 2

unwritten rules

DP World Tour pro responds after being called out for walking across playing partner's putting line

September 18, 2023

Andrew Redington

It comes as no surprise to anyone when a viral video on social media is taken out of context. That’s what the internet is for and boy, business is a boomin'.

The BMW PGA Championship had quite a few compelling storylines this week, from Ryan Fox’s ascendance to the Ryder Cup practice sessions, but a seemingly innocuous putt from T-45 finisher Robin Sciot-Siegrist has been making waves on Twitter/X/whatever you call it now.

NUCLRGOLF, which has more than 67k followers, blasted out this footage of Pablo Larrazábal walking in front of Sciot-Siegrist’s putting line, and now almost 4M people have watched the clip. “☠️ Is this acceptable?” the post reads.

Social media, always the arbiter of right and wrong, had a take or two. Most notably from six-time PGA Tour winner Hunter Mahan.

“No,” Mahan responded. “That would require a conversation.” Many others followed his lead and shared their disgust with Larrazábal’s green etiquette.

Larrazábal must have seen the angry mob forming online as he crafted a quick and perfect tweet to quiet the crowd and give a bit more information about what actually happened.

“That’s me,” Larrazábal said. “We were on the clock and hole and a half behind… play quick, play better…”

With the added context, social media walked back its anger and quickly put the pitchforks down. When the idea of being “on the clock” pops up, everyone changes their tune. Pablo Larrazábal shot a 12 over in his final round to finish the tournament at five over, so maybe this etiquette hoopla isn't the worst thing he'll remember from the weekend.