Reserved sports fans have breathed a collective sigh of relief, after US Ryder Cup supporters proved that shouting ‘Get In The Hole’ at a golf ball doesn’t actually help.
The implications for other sports if moronic shouting had prevailed could have been serious. Football and hockey may have been unaffected by shouts of ‘In The Goal’ after each shot, but rugby fans could have struggled to shout ‘Over the bar and between the posts’ for every penalty or drop-kick. Cricket fans meanwhile would have risked an incoherent garble, screaming ‘Hit The Stumps’ during the ball’s rapid journey from the bowler’s hand to the wicket.
Snooker hasn’t ruled out an experiment with stupid supporters bellowing ‘In the Pocket’, but the genteel world of bowls has urged fans to avoid bellowing ‘As Close as Possible, Perhaps Even Touching The Little White Ball’ for each and every wood.