What’s hard is identifying the line between stalker and enthusiastic fan.
nament. Christina Kim receives a multiple-page email about another player that begins,“I am not a stalker, however . . . ”The author then goes on a tirade about the injustice of his favourite player not being given an exemption in “her farewell season.” Given what she’s done to grow golf, he argues that she and Tiger Woods are the two most important individuals in the history of the game. He includes a photograph of himself wearing a unique hat and writes,“If you need to find me, it won’t be hard.”
Harmless, or someone who keeps a bag of human toes in the fridge? Probably the former, but Christina did what I would have done and immediately forwarded the email to our commissioner. In the third round, the guy surfaces, and our security team, wearing plainclothes, approaches him.They just kind of say,“Hey, what’s up? Just wanted to let you know that we’re here and that you’re our person of interest.” Right away the guy starts shaking uncontrollably and crying, saying, “I didn’t do anything! I didn’t do anything!” I don’t think they kicked him out but just took him somewhere to calm down.
Afterwards, I hear from the player that she knows the guy, that he’s been writing letters to her for years. She’s so gracious. I don’t want to call this person naïve, but she never sees the bad in people. If I read “farewell season” from someone like that, I’m inclined to consider the potential and awful other meanings.
I know lots of players who have been “pursued” on social media.The same stranger commenting on her every Instagram picture for months, then suddenly introducing himself at a tournament. I can see how that behaviour is becoming less taboo as our world grows more connected, but it will always raise my guard.
– WITH MAX ADLER