HUMBLE, TEXAS Tripp Isenhour, the tour pro under investigation for intentionally killing a protected hawk while shooting an instructional video, told golf.com that he has been receiving threats and was given additional security while playing in the Shell Houston Open.
"This is certainly different, but [playing] is very therapeutic," said Isenhour, who shot rounds of 74 and 72 (two over par) in his first start since the incident became public in March. "My peers have been very supportive this week." Isenhour declined to go into specifics about the threats, saying, "I've been advised legally not to say anything now, but I'm looking forward to the whole story coming out."
Investigators say that Isenhour killed the hawk because he was upset that it was making noise during filming. He allegedly first drove in a golf cart toward the bird, then 300 yards away, to hit balls at it. When the hawk later landed within 75 yards, Isenhour's shots got closer until he eventually hit and killed it. The bird fell to the ground bleeding from both nostrils, witnesses told the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Isenhour subsequently lost his playing privileges at Grand Cypress Resort in Orlando, where the crew was filming, but has not yet been charged by Florida officials.
It is unknown if Isenhour has been fined by the PGA Tour, but he seems to have the support of his fellow pros. "These people [who make threats] are over the top," a player who requested anonymity told golf.com on Friday, "but that's what Tripp has been dealing with."