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U.S. Open 2024: 'You almost killed me' - Pro has perfect response to fan he nearly hit with errant shot during practice round


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While pros love to say that they practice extremely hard shots in their spare time, it's rare you seem them doing that in a practice round during tournament week. A wildly off-line drive is not one players will try to track down when they can simply reload with impunity.

That wasn't the case on Monday at Pinehurst for Byeong Hun An, though. After hitting a drive into what one fan described as a "gnarly area," An didn't scoop it up, foot wedge it or leave it behind entirely. He played it just like he's going to have to play it starting on Thursday. 

Unfortunately, he did not play it well, skulling it and nearly killing a fan, according to the fan in question:

Rather than hide from it, An promptly responded to the fan on X/Twitter as only he can:

Sounds like Peter has cat-like reflexes. Disaster avoided, thankfully. Again, An should be commended for even attempting the shot:

Gnarly lies will be plentiful this week, so it's not a bad idea to practice hitting out of them just in case, even if that means almost taking out a fan.