This week’s Web.com event took a scary turn on Friday, when a fan was hit with a broken club requiring stitches.
Shaun Micheel played alongside fellow PGA Tour veteran Kevin Stadler during the second round of the Web.com Tour’s WinCo Foods Portland Open.
According to Micheel, Stadler slammed his 7-iron in anger after a poor shot on the par-3 15th hole. The club snapped and the head flew off past Micheel into the crowd, hitting and cutting a spectator.
In a Facebook post, Micheel said, “It’s been a while since I’ve seen so much blood,” and speculated about a “possible skull fracture.”
Fortunately, EMTs were on the scene quickly, and the group continued the round once the they had the situation under control. The fan received stitches for the wound and was released from the hospital in good condition, according to ESPN.
Micheel said that Stadler was “absolutely shattered” by what happened, and the rest of the group tried to “keep his spirits up” as they finished their round.
You can see Micheel’s Facebook post below, which is no longer publicly available.
“One of my playing partners played a poor shot with a 7 iron on the par 3 fifteenth hole this morning. In a fit of anger he slammed his club against the ground and the side of his foot which caused the club to break about 6″ from the bottom. I had my head down but the clubhead flew behind me and hit a spectator to my right. It’s been a while since I’ve seen so much blood. We stayed with him for about 15 minutes before the EMT’s arrived. The last I heard was that he had a possible skull fracture but that he was doing ok otherwise. [Stadler] was absolutely shattered and we did our best to keep his spirits up. This was not done on purpose and we were astounded at the way the club was directed but it shows you just how dangerous it is to throw or break clubs. Each of us in the group learned something today!”