Lee McCoy was definitely not a fan of Colombia. McCoy had just finished playing in the Web.com Tour’s Club Colombia Championship when, on Monday morning, he took to Twitter to offer some commentary on his time there and Panama, where he played the prior week.
He finished T-39 in Panama and T-20 in Colombia, the latter of which included a precipitous drop from T-6 on the tee at the 72nd hole. So perhaps he was in a bad mood when he started pecking on his phone, but the results were not good.
— Tron Carter (@TronCarterNLU) February 12, 2018
As part of the tweetstorm, McCoy said, “5 Colombians asked me for the hat off my head…before the round…”
OK, maybe Colombians aren’t universally aware of golf culture. Typically guys give away stuff after the round, but not usually beforehand. Still, you’ve got to kind of roll with the punches a bit.
Then came, “Some kid asked me for my glove, hat and SHOES after I walked off 18 with a terrible bogey. He learned a life lesson.”
One can only assume that wasn’t a good interaction for McCoy or the kid, who was probably just thrilled to see a great golfer and someone perceived as successful and accomplished at their craft.
He ended it with, “For all of you that complain how bad things are in the States, how bad Trump is and how everything needs to change, go stay in South America for a while and you’ll realize how good you really have it.”
Of course, living conditions in the United States and Latin American countries have nothing to do with how this kid was apparently treated by McCoy.
The backlash was pretty swift on Twitter, including from several PGA Tour pros. That landed McCoy in Twitter jail, and he chose to delete his account, pulling from the Grayson Murray handbook. Not a good look.
Meanwhile, Englishman Ben Taylor won the event and was pictured signing for and giving away stuff to a few dozen kids after taking the title. He took a selfie with a kid who wanted one.