Tiger Woods nearly annihilates spectators at British Open

Anyone who’s watched pro golf for eight seconds finds their way to the same question: why the hell are those spectators standing so close to that guy hitting a ball? Any time a player has to fire a shot out of a gallery and there are wide-eyed spectators lining a narrow chute back toward the fairway, you’re always a bit amazed that someone isn’t tattooed with a golf ball.

Tiger Woods has faced that conundrum on innumerable occasions, and early Friday morning at the British Open, he’d finally had enough. Instead of trying to route his shot around the gallery at Carnoustie, he decided, hell with it, I’m going right at ’em.

Woods’ second shot on the second hole had drifted into the hay beside the fairway, and he faced the choice of either punching out to the fairway or attempting to clear the precious British heads of the gallery. And, well, it didn’t go so well. Take a look at this photo:

Nobody apparently got injured, and Woods went on to make a bogey on the hole, so we should all be thankful that wasn’t a whole lot worse. Remember, friends, get behind the golfer. A little proximity to your hero isn’t worth a fractured skull.

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CARNOUSTIE, SCOTLAND - JULY 20: Tiger Woods of the United States lines up a putt on the 1st during round two of the Open Championship at Carnoustie Golf Club on July 20, 2018 in Carnoustie, Scotland. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/R&A/R&A via Getty Images)
CARNOUSTIE, SCOTLAND - JULY 20: Tiger Woods of the United States plays his second shot on the 2nd hole during round two of the Open Championship at Carnoustie Golf Club on July 20, 2018 in Carnoustie, Scotland. (Photo by Matthew Lewis/R&A/R&A via Getty Images)
CARNOUSTIE, SCOTLAND - JULY 20: Tiger Woods of the United States plays his second shot on the 2nd hole during round two of the Open Championship at Carnoustie Golf Club on July 20, 2018 in Carnoustie, Scotland. (Photo by Matthew Lewis/R&A/R&A via Getty Images)
CARNOUSTIE, SCOTLAND - JULY 20: Tiger Woods of the United States hits his second shot from the rough on the second hole during the second round of the 147th Open Championship at Carnoustie Golf Club on July 20, 2018 in Carnoustie, Scotland. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
CARNOUSTIE, SCOTLAND - JULY 20: Tiger Woods of the United States lines up his second shot on the second hole during the second round of the 147th Open Championship at Carnoustie Golf Club on July 20, 2018 in Carnoustie, Scotland. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
CARNOUSTIE, SCOTLAND - JULY 20: Tiger Woods of the United States hits his second shot from the rough on the second hole during the second round of the 147th Open Championship at Carnoustie Golf Club on July 20, 2018 in Carnoustie, Scotland. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
CARNOUSTIE, SCOTLAND - JULY 20: Tiger Woods of the United States plays his second shot on the 2nd hole during round two of the Open Championship at Carnoustie Golf Club on July 20, 2018 in Carnoustie, Scotland. (Photo by Matthew Lewis/R&A/R&A via Getty Images)
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