By The Devel's Advocate
CONGRATULATIONS to Hideki Matsuyama who successfully defended the Waste Management Phoenix Open on Sunday and becomes the first Japanese to win four times on the PGA Tour.
The 24-year-old beat Webb Simpson at the fourth extra hole and has moved up to No 5 in the world.
Considerably less pleasing was some of the shouting aimed at Matsuyama from the galleries as he posted a last round 66.
The tournament attracts huge crowds, and for many of them a day's drinking seems as big an attraction as the golf.
Maybe it should be renamed the Wasted Phoenix Open.
It was reported that 14 very intoxicated fans – most of them unconscious – had to be transported to nearby hospitals on the Saturday afternoon alone.
One of them had fallen into a drainage area and needed to be rescued by a technical crew using a 24-foot extension ladder.
So, let's be charitable and suppose that the final round heckling directed at Matsuyama came from drunks who didn't know if it was Sunday or Monday.
Because the alternative, that the shouting was on the basis of his nationality, doesn't bear thinking about.
Yet, now that Donald Trump is President of the United States and in full anti-immigrant mode, the PGA Tour will have to be extra vigilant in this regard.
There's nothing wrong, obviously, with American fans rooting for American golfers – but a line is crossed if the environment becomes hostile for players from other countries.
A GOOD start to the year for Spanish golfers with Sergio Garcia following Jon Rahm into the winners' press conference after lifting the Dubai Desert Classic on Sunday.
And well done to Stephen Gallacher who had a top ten finish in a tournament he has won twice. The 42-year-old has had a hard time of it with injuries over the last 18 months.
The Devel's Advocate is our resident golf blogger. With long experience of covering golf there aren't many issues he doesn't have an opinion on!