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A spectator was injured and required stitches after player Kevin Stadler‘s club head came loose and flew into the gallery Friday at a Web.com Tour event near Portland, Oregon.
Stadler, the son of former Masters champion Craig Stadler, was playing in the WinCo Foods Portland Open when he slammed his club to the turf in anger and up against his foot on the 15th hole of the second round.
The article goes on to state the following:
The club broke somewhere near the bottom of the shaft and hit a spectator in the head, causing injuries that required six stitches, according to Orlando Pope, a Web.com Tour rules official who got an explanation from players in the group.
“It was a very freakish accident,” Pope said via phone from Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club, where the third round was being played Saturday. “Kevin is devastated. He had trouble trying to finish the round. He was quite worried and felt so bad.”
ESPN also reported:
Neither Web.com Tour nor tournament officials would release the name of the spectator. Pope said the spectator was treated on site, then was taken to a local hospital, received six stitches and was released. There were no further details on his condition.
A fan was hit by a broken club and required stitches Friday at the https://t.co/TPY67ehbfM Portland Open.
Kevin Stadler slammed his club in frustration causing his club head to break and struck a fan in the head.
The fan required six stitches and was released from the hospital.
— Ron Mintz (@MintzGolf) August 18, 2018
Shaun Micheel, the 2003 PGA Championship winner who was also competing in the event, posted the following on his Facebook page about the incident:
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