Thomas Bjorn Shot form the Rough at British Open Shatters Lens on $80,000 TV Camera

$80,000 camera lens destroyed at british open

You see, Thomas Bjorn? This is why we can’t have nice things.

This morning, on the first hole of the 2013 British Open at Muirfield in Scotland, Denmark’s Thomas Bjorn got himself into a pretty difficult lie right off the bat. En route to a double bogey 6 on the Par 4 hole, the guy found himself in the heavy rough lining the fairway at one point. Unfortunately, in such tall grass it’s hard to make the ball go where you want it to, so when Bjorn hit out of the rough there, the ball went straight for one of ESPN’s $80,000 cameras, hit it, and shattered the lens.

Here’s video from that broken camera itself:

And here’s a nice closeup of the shattered lens afterward:

thomas bjorn shot destroys $80,000 camera at british open

So if you tune in to the Open this weekend and find that, every time they show action from the first hole, the coverage seems a little lacking, this is why.

Hat Tip – [Devil Ball]

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