It’s really yelling, and not any particular phrase, that is against the rules at The Masters.
Stand down, Bud Light fans. It turns out the supposed ban on the once funny but now unquestionably annoying “Dilly Dilly” catchphrase isn’t specifically prohibited at The Masters after all. But you could definitely still get in trouble for saying it.
Yahoo Sports got to the bottom of this Very Important Issue™, perhaps sensing that it was too ridiculous to actually be true. In fact, what that site’s reporters, who are actually at Augusta National instead of watching The Masters on TV like us, is that there is really no banned phrases list at all.
Instead, what security at Augusta is against is people yelling when they’re supposed to be respectfully quiet. You know, like at just about any golf tournament anywhere. It’s just common sense.
Humorously, one security guard told Yahoo that it was fans shouting, “Get in the hole!” that started the crackdown on yelling in the first place. See, that one’s kind of understandable, because it’s just rooting for [insert your favorite golfer’s name here] to get a good roll on that birdie putt, something with which we can all identify.
“Dilly Dilly,” on the other hand (or the even worse “Philly Philly” variation started by Eagles fans), is really just you doing Bud Light’s marketing for it, and that’s a lot less forgivable. They paid someone a bunch of money to come up with the phrase in the first place.
So there you have it. You’re (probably) free to say “Dilly Dilly” at Augusta, just as long as you keep it to a polite whisper. Since that kind of defeats the purpose, we suppose there’s something of a shadow ban in place, just not a formal one. Now we can all move on with our lives and get back to the golf.