Bunker Mentality

Carl Pettersson’s golf ball literally gets hit by other golf ball mid-backswing at US Open

Bunker Mentality

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It looks like the strangest thing that would happen to Carl Pettersson this week as showing up on the first tee Thursday wearing the exact same outfit as playing partner Francesco Molinari, but that was positively normal by comparison to what befell him later.

Pettersson was in the 5th fairway on Friday, completing his first round, when mid-swing an errant tee shot from the second hole came rolling right at him, not only disturbing his golf shot but smashing into his ball mid-backswing.

This is definitely not the first time something strange has happened to Pettersson at a major championship. A year ago at the US PGA Championship, Pettersson hit a leaf on his backswing, later landing a two-shot penalty for doing so in a hazard.

No penalty was assessed to either player this time around but the incident is almost unheard of on the PGA Tour.

Pettersson went on to make par on the hole despite the disturbance.

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All images from official US Open footage

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