Golf’s Most Controversial Moments in 2021

Published 12/30/2021, 7:48 AM EST
Golf – The Masters – Augusta National Golf Club – Augusta, Georgia, U.S. – April 9, 2021 Phil Mickelson of the U.S. reacts on the 2nd hole during the second round REUTERS/Brian Snyder


Another excellent year for golf fans is coming to an end. Moreover, there was a lot of action this year on the tour. We saw a feud between Bryson DeChambeau and Brooks Koepka, Tiger facing a solo car crash and then making a comeback, and other things.

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However, there were a few controversial moments that captivated the fans on and off the course. Moreover, there were star players like Phil Mickelson, Nelly Korda, Patrick Reed in these controversial moments. Despite that, the overall season has been an incredible one both on the PGA and LPGA Tour. But as the year ends, let us have a look at the most controversial moments in golf from 2021.

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Most controversial moments in golf from 2021

1. PGA Tour banning the word “Brooksie”

We saw the feud between Bryson DeChambeau and Brooks Koepka reach its epitome this year. Fans had started yelling “Brooksie” on the golf course whenever they saw Bryson. Hence, the PGA Tour decided to ban the word Brooksie and said any fan yelling this word would be thrown out of the golf course.

This ignited a huge controversy. However, things got better at the Ryder Cup as fans cheered for DeChambeau for the first time and he didn’t disappoint them either.

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2. Nelly Korda’s controversy at Solheim Cup

On the first day of the Solheim Cup, the World No.1 golfer Nelly Korda got involved in a rule controversy. On the 13th hole, Nelly made an eagle putt, which came to the rest on the edge of the hole. Meanwhile, Team Europe’s Sagstrom picked up the ball and gave it to Nelly, making it a birdie putt.

However, the rules officials said Sagstrom did not wait for 10 seconds before picking up the ball. They believed she did not give enough time for Nelly’s ball to drop in. Hence, Nelly was awarded an eagle, which raised a few questions and controversies between the fans.

May 7, 2021; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; Phil Mickelson during the second round of the Wells Fargo Championship golf tournament. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

3. Phil Mickelson’s controversy at the PGA Tour Champions

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During the Furyk & Friends event on the 16th hole, Phil Mickelson encountered a huge controversy. Phil sliced a shot under a tree and the ball came to rest on pine of straw. But as Phil tried to remove the loose impediments, his ball moved slightly. He had a long conversation with rules officials and said he didn’t cause the ball to move.

Moreover, according to the rules, it is players’ words is what matters and hence Phil avoided a penalty and eventually won the tournament. However, there was a lot of criticism that he faced, and was even trolled on Twitter.

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Meanwhile, there were plenty of controversies that took place this year. But these were the top controversial moments in golf this year. So which one do you think is the most controversial? Do let us know.

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Amey Kulkarni

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Amey Kulkarni is a Golf writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his Bachelor’s degree in mass media from HR College, Mumbai. Before joining EssentiallySports he used to write articles on Golf and Cricket on his personal blog cricgolf.

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