Koepka tee shot injures PGA Championship marshal
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.