Paige Spiranac says she was put on a ‘watch list’ over golf meltdowns

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Paige Spiranac is getting candid about her past Billy Horschel-esque moments on the golf course.

During Tuesday’s episode of her “Playing A Round” podcast, Spiranac revealed she has “thrown clubs” and “broken clubs,” and was also “kind of on the watch list” in junior golf due to her temper.

“I got mad a lot,” the 28-year-old explained while discussing Horschel’s meltdown at the 2021 Masters last week.

“I would have one of the rules officials following me just to make sure I didn’t have any outbursts and throw my club. They were like, ‘If you do that again, you are going to get kicked off.’”

Spiranac, who competed on Colorado’s junior golf circuit early in her career, said her parents weren’t pleased with the behavior.

“My parents didn’t like when I would get angry, and they said it was just unbecoming, so if I ever showed that kind of emotion again I probably shouldn’t be playing,” Spiranac detailed.

Spiranac has since shifted gears professionally, focusing on her podcast and her ever-growing following on Instagram.

Spiranac was embroiled in a Twitter controversy immediately after Hideki Matsuyama’s historic Masters win.

After congratulating Matsuyama, the first Japanese golfer to win a men’s major, Spiranac tweeted Sunday, “The menu for the champions dinner is going to be absolute fire next year.” Some commenters claimed the remark was “racist.”

“Honestly it’s disgusting how everything gets twisted,” Spiranac tweeted moments later.

“I made a comment about how amazing the menu will be next year because I love Japanese food. Most winners create menus to honor where they are from and I would expect Hideki to do the same,” she said.

Prior to the actual tournament, the reigning Masters champion typically hosts past winners for a dinner with a menu of their choosing. For this year’s festivities, 2020 winner Dustin Johnson served pigs in a blanket and filet mignon, in addition to other dishes.

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