ERIN, Wis. – A spectator died during Friday’s second round of the U.S. Open at Erin Hills, officials said.
At approximately 1:25 p.m., Hartford Rescue personnel and Washington County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the grandstand at No. 6 green for a 94-year-old Wauwatosa, Wis., man who was reported to be non-breathing and without a pulse, according to an official release.
They arrived three minutes after the initial call and began CPR. The man was transported to an on-site ambulance, where he was pronounced dead. No foul play is suspected and the death appears to be of natural causes, the release added.
“The USGA was saddened to learn that a spectator at Erin Hills passed away a short time ago,” the USGA said in its initial statement. “Out of respect for the family, we are unable to provide additional information at this time.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with those surrounding this individual during this difficult time.”
The USGA later added that the spectator was a “94-year old male who has appeared to have died of natural causes.”
According to officials, this was the man’s first visit to the U.S. Open.