Watch: Fan hit by Tiger Woods' ball was filming

For a moment there, Tiger Woods was leading the British Open all by himself. It was an astonishing moment in sports, a chance for a bygone legend to recapture a bit of lost glory … and, alas, it didn’t last. Woods faltered coming down the stretch, and Francesco Molinari ended up winning the whole dang thing.

But along the way, Woods gave us another vintage moment when he fired a shot into the gallery at the 11th hole … and the ball somehow spanged rapidly back toward the hole. The only way a shot would do that is if it hit something hard with velocity — something like bone or a cell phone.

Turns out, both were right! Woods’ shot rebounded off the phone of one Colin Hauck (among others, possibly) and saved him from potential out-of-bounds catastrophe. Unfortunately, Woods wasn’t able to take advantage of his good fortune; he double-bogeyed the hole, dropped out of first place, and wouldn’t ever get back.

Check out this video here from Hauck:

Woods gave Hauck a signed glove for his troubles, which is a nice gesture. But one thing you can notice from that video: you can’t see the ball. All you can hear is a growing sense of dread in the crowd, and then: boom. In other words, next time you’re at a golf tournament, keep that head on a swivel, everybody.

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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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