Rory McIlroy hits spectator in the head
By mustang6560 on 7/19/12
Rory McIlroy caught a bad break on the par-4 15th at Royal Lytham & St Annes - his tee shot deflected off of a spectator and ended up out of bounds. The ensuing stroke-and-distance penalty cost him two strokes.

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But, the spectator, in my opinion, caught an even worse break - he got conked on the head by a golf ball traveling at a high rate of speed, and all he got out of the situation was a signed golf glove. Don't you think he should have gotten something a little more valuable?

It's customary for professional golfers to give spectators signed swag when they hit someone in the gallery. Last year at the True South Classic, the volunteer who was working the ShotLink laser with me got hit in the chest by Hunter Haas' tee shot on the par-5 5th and he got a signed golf ball, which I thought was fair. But, had he got hit in the head, well, I'm not sure a signed golf ball would have fairly resolved the situation. The fair thing to do, again in my opinion, would be to agree to meet the spectator after the round for a five minute chat. If you hit someone in the head with a golf ball (which could be fatal) you should at least shake their hand following the round and offer to take a picture with them. It just seems like the right thing to do.

Rory managed to bounce back on the final three holes following the double bogey. He drove the green on the relatively short par-4 16th and almost drained the eagle putt. He tapped in for birdie and then birdied the 18th to finish in a T6 at 3-under-par.

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Matt McGee says:
Entitlement to some sort of compensation because an accident happened? Nah. There's no reason for a golfer to do anything besides apologize. It's nice of them to sign a glove or ball, though.
Maybe Rory would have done more for the guy if the ball had bounced back into the fairway when it came off of his head.
homermania says:
Fore! Yeah, it's nice that the pros sign a glove or whatever, but they don't owe you shit.
mmontisano says:
i'm going to agree with Nate. i'm clearly not a pro, but if i was, i would feel so bad about hitting someone that i would definitely try to go above and beyond. i mean, how many times do they hit it that far off line to actually hit someone anyway? maybe once a tournament? it's 5 minutes. it's nothing to you but it would mean the world to them.

like when Phil hit a spectator in the wrist and broke their watch. he slipped the guy a couple of Benjamin's to replace it.
madmx99 says:
I go with that maybe you should be watching when golfers are teeing off....instead of sitting on your butt and bs'ing with someone else. Or move to a place where they can't hit you. ;p
JPinMI says:
I'm with madmx99. You gotta pay attention at sporting events. Have you ever seen someone get clocked in head by a foul ball at a baseball game? 9 times out of 10 it's an uninterested wife/girlfriend or some jackass flapping their trap, texting or both.
Werepuppie says:
It went off his head out of bounds.Now if it had gone in the fairway...:)
Banker85 says:
Nate is right the etiquette in golf says he should have done a little more, he could have killed him.
dtak84 says:
Actually he did get more. He got 160 Euros and his hotel room paid for the night, and he will be meeting Rory tom after his round. This all from a guy who knows the guy who got hit...
mustang6560 says:
@dtak84- Do you have a link to a story about that?
srogers13 says:
Mustang, I know they talked about it on Golf Channel last night. The kid was camping out in a tent with his brother.
gpickin says:
Actually, i read he put him and his friend up for a the rest of the open, because they were camping, and wanted to make sure he was close enough for someone to look after him, and he made sure they had a real nice dinner too.

Rorys a good kid.
falcon50driver says:
I saw one of tiger's tee shots take a bad bounce and was heading out of bounds and a spectator jumped up and slapped it toward the fairway. I don't see that as being fair, however, what can you do, it's not the golfers fault.
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