Rory McIlroy’s Tee Shot Clocks Guy in the Head at British Open (Video)

fan hit by rory mcilroy drive at british openIt would seem that golf fans are in need of a little refresher on the things you should and should not do when attending a professional golf tournament.

Last weekend a kid at the John Deere Classic decided he’d take home a nice souvenir, which just so happened to be Troy Matteson’s tee shot from the 18th hole that was still in play. So the lesson needed in that case was never pick up the golf balls.

And yesterday, there was a fan at the British Open who was in need of another lesson. And that lesson was never take your eyes off a player who’s teeing off, no matter how far you are from the tee box.

During the opening round of the Open at Royal Lytham & St. Ann’s Golf Club, on the par-4 15th, Rory McIlroy hit an errant tee shot that clocked a spectator right in the head. Now, yes, the spectator was 300 yards from the tee box, so getting hit off the tee was unlikely. But you have to know that, at a pro event, it’s hardly impossible.

Check it out:

The guy was shaken up, but it seems he’ll be just fine. And hey, at least he got a nice souvenir out of it—McIlroy gave him an autographed glove, as is the custom when a golfer hits a spectator.

Hat Tip – [Devil Ball]

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