Golf photography can be a dangerous profession. Just ask Cy Cyr.
The noted golf photographer was at Graeme McDowell’s fantasy camp last weekend when he received an unpleasant surprise.
One of the campers, Angelo, tried to rip a drive on the first hole, but instead hooked it … right into Cyr’s stomach.
It was 145 mph right in the belly for Cyr, and oh did it look like that hurt.
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
That’s not just a golf photographer’s worst nightmare but a golfer’s, too (to some extent a golf fan’s as well, but in that case there’s the plus of meeting the golfer that hit you and getting an autographed glove).
Cyr appeared to take it in stride, though, and he’s definitely OK. And hey, a new friendship and nickname emerged from the incident: Angelo the Assassin.
All in all, a lot of good came out of a photographer getting beaned in the stomach by a golf ball! Who would’ve guessed!