They say in golf you have to play the ball as it lies- but that would have been difficult for Hideki Matsuyama on Friday as his ball got stuck in a patron's t-shirt. The 2021 Masters Champion had made five birdies in a row before striking his driver miles to the right on the tenth hole at the Liberty National Golf Club.
The ball bounced on the cart path, before somehow managing to bounce up the shorts of a spectator and becoming stuck in his shirt.
Matsuyama strolled up the fairway to find his ball, eventually realising what had happened and seeing the funny side of things.
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The unlucky fan was made to stand as still as possible until the players and officials arrived, before wiggling in front of the cameras to dislodge the ball. Matsuyama was given a free drop for the incident in accordance with PGA Tour regulations.
Thankfully, the fan came away from the embarrassing moment with a souvenir as the Japanese player signed the ball and gave it to him.
The commentary team were incredulous at the event. English golf legend said on the Golf Channel: "What in the world? What are the odds?”
The broadcaster's microphone picked up the spectator explaining events to onlookers and Matsuyama himself. He said: "It went between my legs, hit my knee, and somehow rolled up into my shirt."
The 29-year-old eventually made a bogey on the hole as his round started to fall apart. He made a triple-bogey on the 18th hole to leave himself well back of leader Jon Rahm on twelve under.
The event is being otherwise dominated by Americans, with US players making up nine of the top eleven going into the weekend at the New Jersey course.
Tony Finau shot seven under on Friday to catapult himself into contention, while heavy-hitters such as Brooks Koepka and Xander Schauffele are also poised to take advantage of any mistake by Rahm.
The Northern Trust event is the first round of the FedEx Cup Playoffs. The top 125 players from the regular season are competing for a mammoth $15 million prize.
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