Tiger Woods beans Ryder Cup fan with tee shot

Tiger Woods offered profuse apologies to a fan beaned by his errant shot . (Matt Sullivan / Reuters)

Correction appended.

This is why they practice.

An errant tee shot by Tiger Woods during a practice round for Ryder Cup play whacked a spectator on the head on the 18th hole at Medinah Country Club this afternoon. Woods, USA Today reports, apologized repeatedly to the fan, who was knocked out by the shot and taken to a first-aid station.

The spectator, Terry Wilks, told Woods that it wasn’t his fault and Woods drew a laugh by pointing out the obvious: Yes, it was. 

Woods signed a glove for Wilks, who was not seriously injured, and will try for a little better accuracy when Ryder Cup play begins Friday.

Correction: The fan, in a Reuters caption, was incorrectly identified in an earlier version of this post.

Follow us: @CindyBoren | @MattBrooksWP

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.



Success! Check your inbox for details. You might also like:

Please enter a valid email address

See all newsletters

Show Comments
Next Story
Cindy Boren · September 27, 2012

To keep reading, please enter your email address.

You’ll also receive from The Washington Post:
  • A free 6-week digital subscription
  • Our daily newsletter in your inbox

Please enter a valid email address

I have read and agree to the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.

Please indicate agreement.

Thank you.

Check your inbox. We’ve sent an email explaining how to set up an account and activate your free digital subscription.