The very fact that you perceive these responses as "attacking you", does suggest a lot of sensitivity.
Personally, I can relate. I'm definitely too high-strung and this hurts me on the course when I'm playing with the sort of people that would exploit that. Playing with my friends or casuals isn't a problem. We are all rooting for each other. In competition, your opponent is most definitely not rooting for you and some will pull out all the stops to win.
Competitive golf isn't for everyone. If you wish to pursue it, recognize this as something to work on.
I did tell him to f*** off and worry about his own ball he just talked more shit after...Short of having fist fight with an old man that's about all I could do. And yes I have called rules violations on folks before, but generally try to help fellow competitors as much as possible during competition.
I've been playing in these money tournaments for about 3 years now and it has 120+members and I have never played in a foursome during a tournament where someone was blatantly pulling this. I assumed there was some rule against it since I haven't had someone try that before.
I asked the question and you guys answered, and I honestly didn't thank my manhood or ability to " handle it as a human" would come into question.
I think the topic is now over, and ask that you please close the thread unless you folks aren't done attacking me yet.
This reminds me of the episode on Bewitched where Darrin and his boss Larry take a prospective client golfing. The client is addressing his ball and Darrin asks if he inhales or exhales on his backswing and it totally messes the guy up to where he cannot function anymore. Hoses his game.