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Weird N.J.

Yes, Hideki Matsuyama really did hit a drive into this guy's shirt

August 20, 2021

Weird things happen in New Jersey. There is literally a whole book about it called ... wait for it ... "Weird N.J." What happened to Hideki Matsuyama's drive at the par-4 10th at Liberty National on Friday is among the weirdest things to ever happen in N.J., at least on a golf course.

No, we're not saying Matsuyama's drive deserves a spot in the book alongside the likes of the New Jersey Devil, Clinton Rd., or Midgetville, but it was still a pretty odd occurrence, even for the Garden State. Watch as the Masters champ's wayward drive takes a massive hop on the cart path, takes another up and somehow, some way ends up in ... a fan's shirt? 

At first, it seemed like the ball went through the guy's shirt, rather than literally in it. Always nice to have A+ video evidence, unlike about half of what's in that "Weird, N.J." book. 

Believe it or not, something similar has happened before on tour, and to an equally marquee name in golf—Rory McIlroy. Seven years ago, McIlroy's drive found a spectator's pocket at the Tour Championship:

Can't make it up, folks. In case you were wondering, Matsuyama went on to make bogey, a score that could have been worse if shirt guy wasn't in the right place at the right time.