Golf star Justin Thomas has slammed PGA Championship bosses for his treatment of spectators attending this week’s event. Thomas arrived in Southern Hills looking for his second major title, having won the PGA Championship in 2017.
As well as having a great week of golf in mind, the world No. 9 also thought of those watching him and his fellow tour stars in Oklahoma. Prior to the event, the exorbitant prices of food and drink at available Southern Hills fans were posted on social media and received a lot of backlash.
An image of the price list of available refreshments showed that a can of Stella Artois beer would cost $18 (£14.40), while a glass of wine would cost fans $13 (£10.40). It wasn’t just the booze that cost fans a pretty penny, with a $6 (£4.80) bottle of water and a $16 (£12.80) Caesar salad.
One man in particular who directed criticism at the ridiculous prices was Thomas, who hit out at the PGA on Twitter, asking for fans to be “better treated”. The American wrote: “$18 (!!!!!!!) for a beer… uhhh what. Gotta treat the fans better than that!
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One Twitter user – @Geezer211 – called on event attendees to “strike” the concession stand and refuse to buy anything. They wrote, “Fans should strike concessions. Don’t buy ANYTHING! Maybe then they’ll realize that charging that much doesn’t make you more money, but less!
Far from the controversy among the spectators, an angry Thomas puts on a fine performance on the other side of the ropes. The world No. 9 recorded an impressive pair of three-under 67 rounds on Thursday and Friday to leave him six under for the tournament, just three behind halfway leader Will Zalatoris.