PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. — One of the benefits of golf tournaments is that you can get right up next to the players. One of the drawbacks is that sometimes, that’s because they just leveled you with a golf ball.
On Saturday at the U.S. Open, Henrik Stenson sent a shot on 16 into the Pebble Beach crowd and knocked a fan to the ground. Bad news, right? Medical staff was on the scene and began attending to him as Stenson walked up.
Different players handle this situation in different ways. Some hand over a signed ball. Phil Mickelson, according to legend, hands over a signed glove with a $100 bill tucked into it. Stenson, however, may just have changed the game ...
... he laid on the ground and posed for a photo. Here, take a look:
Henrik Stenson nailed a guy in the crowd with his second shot on 16. Guy was on the ground, down for the count. Henrik laid down for a photo this bloke will never forget. Henrik Stenson - absolute character 👏 pic.twitter.com/1YIE6pJUW4
— Evin Priest (@EvinPriest) June 16, 2019
And here’s another angle:
— Travis Morrison (@TravisMorrison1) June 16, 2019
Weird. Generous, good-natured, but still a bit weird. The fan’s presumably OK, just rattled ... but he’s clearly got a photo for the ages. Hey, fan, if you see this, send a copy to us on Twitter, OK? At least photos last longer than bruises.
Stenson finished at -4 for the day, seven strokes off the lead. You never know, folks might be diving in front of his shots Sunday.
Update: We got one of the photos!
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