Some people are appalled that fans 'booed' Matt Kuchar at the British Open

Some people are appalled that fans ‘booed’ Matt Kuchar at the British Open

SOUTHPORT, ENGLAND - JULY 23: Matt Kuchar of the United States watches his second shot on the 6th hole during the final round of the 146th Open Championship at Royal Birkdale on July 23, 2017 in Southport, England. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)

Something most golf fans know: “Kuuuch!” sounds a lot like “Booo!” especially on TV. If you’re a casual observer, though, it’s a confusing sight: smiling, courteous Matt Kuchar being bombarded with spectator disapproval at every hole.

One viewer of the British Open wrote into the UK’s Daily Express to share his outrage at fans’ heckling of Kuchar as he battled Jordan Spieth down the stretch. “At every stroke he seemed to be booed, even on the final hole,” he wrote. “Unsporting doesn’t come near in describing this behavior.”

Jim Bowens isn’t alone in his unnecessary defense of Matt Kuchar, who’s actually one of the most beloved players on Tour: