The officials who run the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am banned cameras and cell phones to appease players such as Tiger Woods who complain about distractions from fans as often as they do about course conditions.
The rest is left to the players and fans to coexist in an environment saturated with alcohol consumption by many fans and pressure to make a living by the pros.
Clashes are inevitable, even if they are few. That became apparent Sunday, when golfer Jonathan Kaye engaged in an ugly incident with a fan sitting in the stands at the 18th green and stormed off the course to a chorus of boos.
Kaye precipitated the sequence of events by slamming his putter into his bag after posting a bogey-6.
"Somebody mouthed off," said Rich Caniglia, Kaye's caddie. "He said, 'That's real professional. You should be playing hockey.' Some fat guy in a tie-dyed shirt just kept popping off."
Kaye responded by, in order, giving the fan a 1-iron salute, grabbing his crotch, turning and lifting his backside and then glaring at him while the other players in his group finished putting.
Kaye, 30, then poked fun at the fan's obvious girth by holding his arms way out from his stomach and filling his cheeks with air. He also motioned for the fan to come down from the stands and settle things.
Finally, Kaye left the green. But not before most of the gallery serenaded him boos. Kaye let loose with a string of profanities as he walked off.
Green-side marshal Robert Evans said Kaye was the only player he witnessed bothered by the fans' behavior. The fans weren't out of line in this instance, he added.
Kaye, who left without making a comment, closed at 6-under 282, tied for 23rd. He earned $36,800.
Nelson maintains grip
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. -- Larry Nelson, who won six times last year on the Senior Tour, captured his second tournament of the year by winning the Royal Caribbean Classic. In his last 10 starts, he has won six times and finished second twice.
Nelson earned $210,000. He also won the MasterCard Championships in Hawaii two weeks ago.
"I don't like using the word dominant," Nelson said. "I don't know what anyone else thinks of me, but I feel that if I play well enough, I can win a lot."
On Sunday, Nelson made just enough birdies and closed with a par on the final hole to win by a point over Isao Aoki.
Nelson scored 8 points in the final round, finishing with 29 points in the Modified Stableford scoring format. Aoki missed a 10-foot eagle putt on the 18th that could have won the tournament.