Seventy-one golfers made the cut at the 121st U.S. Open this past weekend, but there was a 72nd golfer on the grounds on Sunday afternoon at Torrey Pines.
As the leaders were coming down the stretch, a fan snuck under the ropes and past security onto the 13th fairway with a golf club and two golf balls in tow.
Reaching the fairway, the fan dropped the two balls and hit the first into the canyon that abuts the hole with a surprisingly good swing. Former major champion and current Sky Sports analyst Rich Beem caught the whole thing on video.
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After hitting the first ball, the fan danced around as security personnel approached him. After taking his second swing, the fan eluded the security on foot before an officer in a golf cart cut him off and apprehended him.
Pretty solid action pic.twitter.com/b44Hc4TKkU
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Bryson DeChambeau, who led the championship through 63 holes, was in the midst of double-bogeying the hole when the fan ran onto the course. While DeChambeau had his own issues to worry about — he played holes 11-13 in 4-over — the defending champion saw the humor in the situation.
“(I) put myself in a bad place, I hit it in the right rough, and you just can’t be there, you’re dead,” DeChambeau recounted. “Then there was a streaker that came around, and I had no idea what happened with that. I’m just glad an officer clotheslined him. That was fun. Then took him down and got him out like he should have been.”
According to The New York Post, the streaker, 24-year-old Connor Murphy, was able to avoid jail time thanks to help from his father and a friend. Murphy’s Instagram posts suggest he was hoping to spread awareness for pride month.