Condoleezza Rice bloodies fan with wayward shot at Pebble Beach

Condoleezza Rice bends down to check on a woman (in white) who was hit by Rice's wayward shot.
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Condoleezza Rice, the former secretary of State during President George W. Bush’s administration, found out what a lot of amateur golfers do when playing at Pebble Beach during the annual pro-am tournament: No matter how far the fans are from the fairway, they’re always in play.

Rice hit a wayward shot at the sixth hole on Thursday during the first round of the event and it went toward another fairway, striking a woman in the face and causing a bloody cut that required medical attention and left the spectator with concussion-like symptoms.


“Did I hit you?” Rice was heard asking the women, who preferred to remain anonymous. “It was a bad shot. I’m really sorry.”

The former secretary of State had an assistant get the woman’s phone number so she could find out about her condition after the round.

Rice had an up-and-down round, mainly down after a fast start, which included a 30-foot birdie putt at No. 2 after outdriving everyone while playing from the women’s tees. After the sixth hole, though, her game wasn’t the same as she continued to spray the ball all over the course.

“Somebody asked me, ‘How did it compare to diplomacy?’” Rice said. “And I said, ‘Well, I know how to do diplomacy, I’m not so sure about the golf course.’”


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