Koepka tee shot in­jures PGA Cham­pi­onship mar­shal

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS - MARISSA PAYNE

It was a brief but scary scene on Thurs­day, when a wild tee shot from U.S. Open cham­pion Brooks Koepka on the 16th hole at the PGA Cham­pi­onship at the Quail Hol­low Club in Char­lotte, North Carolina, hit a course mar­shal square on the head.

The ball bounced back onto the fair­way, caus­ing some to won­der if it hit a piece of cam­era equip­ment in­stead.

“That sounded like plas­tic,” the an­nounc­ers on PGA.com said when the ball bounced off the mar­shal’s head with a sick­en­ing pop. “That was def­i­nitely plas­tic.”

But when the cam­eras zoomed in on the af­ter­math, they saw the mar­shal on the ground hold­ing his head, while a spot of red on his cap be­gan to ex­pand.

The man did not ap­pear to lose con­scious­ness at any point, and ac­cord­ing to fol­lowup video that aired on PGA.com, he re­mained re­spon­sive and was even seen smil­ing.

Koepka, who ended up bo­gey­ing the par-4 hole, later went to check on the man.

He of­fered an apol­ogy, which the mar­shal ac­cepted, be­fore sign­ing a glove to give to the man.

Not a bad sou­venir, but that’s a high price to pay.

Koepka, who teed off along­side Jor­dan Spi­eth and Ser­gio Gar­cia, fin­ished the back half of the course at even par.

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