British Open: Thomas Bjorn destroys an ESPN camera (updated)

July 18, 2013

Tom Watson did no damage as the British Open began. (Adrian Dennis / Getty Images)

Updated with the camera’s recovery at 4:30 p.m. EDT

What happens when a golf ball strikes the lens of a high-definition camera?

Nothing good.

Presumably, ESPN’s equipment is insured against the kind of damage Thomas Bjorn caused with his shot from the rough at the British Open this morning at Muirfield.

Note to Bjorn: This is no way to win an ESPY.

By early evening in Scotland, there was news of a miracle. Only the lens was damaged, ESPN’s David Scott reported. It was replaced and the camera was ready for more work, as was its uninjured cameraman, Tom Cassese. Evidently, $80,000 cameras come with spare lenses.

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After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.
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