It’s not very often that golf qualifies as a contact sport, but Carl Pettersson had one of those rare moments at the U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club on Friday.
Finishing his rain-delayed first round, Pettersson was playing an iron from the No. 5 fairway when in the midst of his backswing an ill-struck shot from an adjacent hole bounded toward him.
The errant tee shot by Brandon Crick at No. 2 ran across the fifth fairway and hit Pettersson’s ball, knocking it right out from under him.
Pettersson nimbly stepped aside and looked up with a “what the?” expression on his face.
Despite the interruption, Pettersson was able to make par on the par-four, 504-yard hole. He finished the second round with a five-over-par 75 and will make the cut at seven over after 36 holes.
Crick, who hit the wayward tee shot, finished his second round with a 78, which was an improvement from his opening-round 81, and will not make the cut.
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