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Golf photographer gets nailed with errant tee shot
Series: Golf Buzz
Published: Thursday, February 16, 2017 | 10:40 a.m.
Whether you think so or not, whenever you attend a golf tournament -- amateur or pro -- you're just a split-second from being in harm's way.
Longtime golf photographer Cy Cyr learned that lesson recently while shooting golfers at the Ritz in Orlando as part of Graeme McDowell's Fantasy Golf Camp.
Cyr was positioned to the left of the fairway about 50 yards in front of the first tee box.
That's when amateur "Angelo the Assassin" unleashed a wicked snaphook that blasted Cyr in the midsection and dropped him like a one-punch knockout.
Here's video of how it went down:
When one of @graeme_mcdowell 's Fantasy Golf Campers rips a 145mph drive on the first tee of the very first hole of first inaugural fantasy weekend into your big belly at the Ritz Carlton in Orlando, you count your lucky stars the Callaway didn't do real damage. Angelo, "The Assassin," felt horrible for the accident and we quickly became friends. Many thanks to GMac and Ritz Orlando golf staff for making sure I was OK. GMac made Angelo hit driver on the range while using Trackman, which is how we knew it was 145mph! I've been a golf photographer for 20 years, had a few close calls, but never seriously hit...until the Assassin came to town. #golf #golfphotography #gmac #ritzcarlton #orlando #florida #usa #assassin
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Yeah. That left a mark.
Let this be a reminder to you golf spectators out there -- and even regular golfers, in general -- always have your head on a swivel.