Sergio Garcia apparently nails cameraman with errant drive at Genesis Open

Sergio Garcia apparently nails cameraman with errant drive at Genesis Open

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Sergio Garcia apparently nails cameraman with errant drive at Genesis Open

So it’s not a great day for those chronicling the action on-course.

First, a video of a photographer getting beaned by a tee shot at a Graeme McDowell fantasy camp surfaced. Then, Sergio Garcia inadvertently added on to the misery.

The Spaniard could only fashion a 1-over 72 in Thursday’s opening round at the Genesis Open, but his worst moment had to be on one particular tee box.

One drive at Riviera Country Club went really awry for Garcia, and it had a really bad ending, as his ball appeared to peg a cameraman.

It’s bad enough when you get hit with an amateur’s swing speed (as the aforementioned photographer did), but getting beaned by one of the top players in the world? That’s really got to hurt.

Everything has turned out fine, as the cameraman was apparently OK. These guys may be braver than we give them credit for.

Carnoustie, UNITED KINGDOM: Spanish Sergio Garcia checks on a photographer after he was hit by a ball on the 17th hole during the third round of the 136th British Open Golf Championship at Carnoustie, Scotland, 21 July 2007. AFP PHOTO/Carl DE SOUZA (Photo credit should read CARL DE SOUZA/AFP/Getty Images)

(Carl De Souza/AFP/Getty Images)

This was not first time an errant shot from Garcia hit a photographer during tournament play. A ball hit by Garcia struck a photographer on the 17th hole during the third round of the British Open Golf Championship at Carnoustie, Scotland in 2007. Garcia would eventually lose that Open to Pádraig Harrington in a playoff.

Things went a little better for Garcia earlier in Thursday’s opening round. Here, he chips in for birdie from the greenside fringe on the par-4 3rd hole.

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