PGA Championship 2023: Bryson DeChambeau drills club pro with errant shot
It's been a dream week for Kenny Pigman at Oak Hill. The 34-year-old head golf pro at Arrowhead Country Club in San Bernardino, Calif., is playing in his second career PGA Championship, getting to rub elbows with the best tour pros on the planet. Unfortunately, he had a different kind of brush with one of golf's biggest stars on Thursday.
While preparing to hit his tee shot on the 18th hole during the first round, Pigman heard a "FORE!" call and ducked. But it didn't keep a golf ball from drilling him on his right arm. Pigman looked stunned for a few seconds before shaking it off and getting back into his pre-shot routine. He found out moments later that it was Bryson DeChambeau who had plunked him. Have a look:
That could have been much worse, but thankfully, Pigman seems OK. Although he found a fairway bunker with the ensuing tee shot and made bogey.
DeChambeau, who was playing the 17th hole, made bogey as well after the wayward approach from Oak Hill's thick rough. But a bounceback birdie on 18 had him make the turn at one under. And for those wondering, DeChambeau, who has been criticized for not calling "FORE!" in the past, came over to make sure the club pro was OK.
No word on whether he signed a glove for Pigman. Or bought him some beers like Joel Dahmen did for a fan yesterday.
A slimmed-down DeChambeau is back at the PGA Championship after missing the event last year at Southern Hills while recovering from a wrist surgery. But the loss of bulk doesn't seem to have sapped him of any power as both his good shots and misses still go a long way. Just ask Kenny Pigman. Hey, at least it wasn't a drive.
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