Jon Rahm at the 2023 PGA Championship. May 19, 2023; Rochester, New York, USA; Jon Rahm hits a tee shot on the fourth hole during the second round of the PGA Championship golf tournament. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

There have been many flare-ups between golfers and media over the last while, particularly around LIV Golf’s Bryson DeChambeau and Patrick Reed. But on Saturday at the PGA Championship at Oak HilL Country Club in Rochester, NY, it was PGA Tour golfer (and recent Masters champion) Jon Rahm who had quite the interactions, including one with an ESPN camera operator:

That came after Rahm previously took a swing at two on-course mics following poor shots:

And it came after Rahm was caught on a hot mic Friday saying ‘Great ******* hole, PGA” about the hole location on the 11th.

Rahm, currently the No. 1 ranked golfer in the world, opened this tournament with a six-over 76 Thursday. He then recovered with a 68 Friday to make the cut. But he was three over through 14 holes Saturday, and that was after birdies on the 13th and 14th holes. It seems highly unlikely at this point he’s going to follow up his Masters win with another major championship this weekend. But he has been providing some notable moments through this tournament, some that bring up memories of DeChambeau’s various run-ins with media.

Of course, it’s not just Rahm (seen above after a tee shot Friday) and DeChambeau that haven’t always been thrilled with golf TV coverage. At last year’s PGA Championship, Tiger Woods asked a cameraman to “back off.” And while some players have embraced live mics and behind-the-scenes docuseries, the adoption there has been far from universal. So Rahm isn’t alone with some frustrations here. But it’s still notable to see the specific ways he’s been airing those.

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