Tommy Fleetwood's bid for a first PGA Tour title ended in disappointment at the Honda Classic on Sunday - and the Englishman's cause was certainly not helped by an over-exuberant fan.
Fleetwood was the overnight leader of the tournament entering its final day in Palm Beach, Florida.
However, the 29-year-old found himself needing a birdie at the par five 18th in his final round in order to force a playoff with South Korea's Sunghae Im.
To give himself any sort of chance of finding the hole within the required four shots, Fleetwood would need to be exceptionally accurate with each of his strokes - and his initial drive was flawless. Unfortunately, Fleetwood's hopes were completely dashed as he took his approach shot.
Just as the five-time European Tour winner was in the process of making his swing, a nearby spectator screamed: "Get in the hole," as the video further down this article shows.
The ball subsequently veered badly to the right, eventually ending up in the water.
Fleetwood could do nothing to recover the situation and had to settle for a bogey on the hole. The final hole disaster left him on four under par, finishing third overall behind the aforementioned Im and second-placed Canadian Mackenzie Hughes.
Fleetwood himself, although disappointed, appeared to take the fan's behaviour in his stride. Fellow countryman Ian Poulter, though, had plenty to say on the situation.
Poulter, who finished in a tie for 27th place in the tournament having failed to make the cut, took to Twitter to blast the fan - and others who behave like him on course.
“Get in the hole” Huge shout a little early... So disrespectful but it happens often. We wouldn’t shout in someone’s office whilst they were on a conference call. We all want the fans to be loud and have fun but with a little respect. Ho hum. @PGATOUR".
We will never know where Fleetwood's approach shot may have ended up had it not been for the premature encouragement of one on-course observer. What is fairly certain, however, is that it will have had some bearing on the final standings of a top tier golf tournament.
Fans being so close to the action is one of the things that contribute greatly to the atmosphere at major events. With that said, nobody wants to see external factors deciding finishing positions - and hopefully this is the last we see of this sort of behaviour for quite some time.News Now - Sport News