Brooks Koepka was one of those captured disposing spit on Pebble Beach, having already been criticised by Sky Sports commentator Ewen Murray over a similar incident at the 2017 Open Championship at Royal Birkdale.
“Oh, I hate that, I really hate it,” said Montgomerie. “I can see it happening when they chew that tobacco on a baseball pitch and spitting into the dirt, which is okay, but not on a golf course. Spitting is one of the worst human traits. It happens in American sport. It happens on the PGA Tour, it happens on the Champions Tour, it happens on the web.com Tour. We (British people) don’t tend to spit the way others do. I would love for it to be stamped out, but it is ingrown in American society, really.”