Dear Wells Fargo Championship,
Please scratch the Roving Marshals that follow marquis groups next year.
The two idiots that accompanied Rory Mcllroy and Justin Rose were an embarrassment to the event. The female Marshal frantically running back and fort across the golf course, pushing patrons aside in desperate search for Rose was both comical and bizarre.
Her male counterpart was just as rude; while an eight year old girl peppered him with questions about Rory from a foot away he stood stoically watching Rory talk with a CBS reporter then pushing her aside like a stray dog when Rory walked past.
When Rose eventually retuned from Sunday's rain delay, he did so on his own casually walking across the number 16 tee. However when your female roving marshal saw Rose heading her way she ran back across the 16 tee only to reverse course after a short distance, running ahead of Rose barking orders and physically pushing two Levy Catering employees struggling with a load of trash out of the way.
Amazing how you can give a job to volunteers who totally let the assignment go to their heads.
Apparently the hubris display, is a routine affliction associated with the acquisition of a radio headset and a yellow sticker.
Frankly Roving Marshals are not needed and are an embarrassment to the Event. Remember most hole Marshals have a working relationship with the fans. They've become acquainted, they've joked about golf and the weather. They have usually talked for several minutes between group and in some cases off and on all day. They have moved young fans to the front of the gallery, and gained the trust of older fans behind the ropes.
However this trust is destroyed when a roving marshal suddenly arrives and starts barking unnecessary orders making people move and adding chaos to a well rehearsed ballet of player movement and spectator interaction.
As one follower of Cedar Posts on Twitter pointed our "The guy who almost took at Tiger at the Masters is the ultimate example of this. Can you imagine if that had gone another way?"
That guy almost single handedly ended the most improbable return to victory lane ever. And that would have been tragic.
Roving Marshals who fill-in at various holes throughout the event are always helpful, but it is a hand full of Marshals assigned to marquis groups that fans see in a negative light will likely decide not to return next year.