Tom Gillis booed by Tour fans in Kansas for tweet
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Tom Gillis booed by Tour fans in Kansas for tweet

Tom Gillis knew he was going to get it from the boo-birds at Crestview C.C. on Saturday at the Air Capital Classic in Wichita, Kan.

On Thursday, Gillis tweeted his displeasure with a club member who chose to disregard tournament rules and practice alongside the Tour players preparing to start their tournament. The tweets weren't discovered by tournament director and Crestview member Roy Turner until Friday. Word of Gillis' social-media shot spread like wildfire, with a number of fans responding to Gillis on Twitter that he would be booed on the course's signature par-3 17th hole. They weren't kidding.

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Fans booed Gillis, who was playing in the final group alongside Aaron Watkins, as he approached the green, was reading his putt and even as he stood over the putt.

Gillis made par on the hole, eventually turning in a 1-over 71 on Saturday to fall six shots off the pace heading into Sunday. While Gillis acknowledged and credited the fans for standing up for the host club, it did appear the journeyman gained a fan or two by taking what he doled out in the first place.

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