Untimely crash course at the US Open

Carl Pettersson
Carl Pettersson was interrupted as he was about to play a shot.
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Sam Gardner

Sam Gardner is a general assignment writer for Originally from Orlando, Fla., he previously covered the Orlando Magic for FOX Sports Florida and has also covered the NBA Finals, Stanley Cup Finals and MLB playoffs. Follow him on Twitter.


Carl Pettersson played his first four holes at 3 over par Friday at the second round of the US Open, including a double-bogey on the fourth.

So things were already going poorly when he addressed the ball for his approach shot on the fifth fairway at Merion Golf Club. Then, in the middle of Pettersson’s backswing on five, an errant ball from another hole knocked his ball out from under him. It’s something you have to see to believe:

The wayward ball came off the club of Brandon Crick, a 25-year-old from Nebraska who made the field via local qualifying.

Crick was playing the second hole, which runs parallel to No. 5, and apparently hooked his tee shot into the fifth fairway, where it collided with Pettersson’s ball.

Once the situation was sorted out, Crick played his ball from where it stopped. Then, Pettersson was allowed to move his ball back to its original location without penalty.

Crick would go on to birdie No. 2, while Pettersson carded a bogey on the 504-yard par-4 fifth. Pettersson (7 over) is projected to make the cut but Crick (19 over) won't.

Tagged: Brandon Crick, Carl Pettersson

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