California - Henrik
Stenson took a slight detour on the way to his share of ninth place at
the US Open on Saturday, posing for a selfie with the fan hit by his errant
shot at the 16th hole at Pebble Beach.
The Swede ripped an eight-iron second shot that flew into the gallery behind the green.
"I clipped the guy right on the forehead," Stenson said.
"It was a semi-shank, it wasn't a full one. That would have been better because then it probably would have hit the trees."
When Stenson - who finished with a one-under 70 to join a group
sharing ninth place on four-under - went over to check on the man and
offer an apology, he was relieved to see he hadn't caught him in the
eyes or teeth.
"He's in good spirits because he's taking selfies of himself while
he's down on the ground," Stenson said.
"I walk up to him. I said, 'I'm
sorry.' What else can you say?
"And he says, 'Can you do me one favour? Can I take a picture with you?'
"So next thing I'm down on the ground as well, taking a picture, a selfie, laying down with him and his girlfriend."
Stenson said he felt the fan "had maybe one or two refreshments that might have eased the pain before the strike."
But Stenson planned to follow up to make sure the man was OK.
"I might send him more than just one golf ball next time. I might
send him a couple dozen or something to try to make up for my poor
Third round scores
on Saturday in the 119th US Open Golf Championship at Pebble Beach Golf Links
202 - Gary Woodland (USA) 68-65-69
203 - Justin Rose (ENG) 65-70-68
206 - Louis
Oosthuizen (RSA) 66-70-70, Chez Reavie (USA) 68-70-68, Brooks
Koepka (USA) 69-69-68
207 - Rory McIlroy (NIR) 68-69-70
208 - Chesson Hadley (USA) 68-70-70, Matt Kuchar (USA) 69-69-70
209 - Jon Rahm (ESP) 69-70-70, Henrik Stenson (SWE) 68-71-70, Danny Willett
(ENG) 71-71-67, Matt Wallace (ENG) 70-68-71, Graeme McDowell (NIR) 69-70-70
210 - Adam Scott (AUS) 70-69-71, An Byeong-Hun (KOR) 70-72-68, Xander
Schauffele (USA) 66-73-71
211 - Francesco Molinari (ITA) 68-72-71, Abraham Ancer (MEX) 74-68-69, Scott
Piercy (USA) 67-72-72, Dustin Johnson (USA) 71-69-71, Brandon Wu (USA)
71-69-71, Nate Lashley (USA) 67-74-70
212 - Hideki Matsuyama (JPN) 69-73-70, Patrick Cantlay (USA) 73-71-68, Jim
Furyk (USA) 73-67-72, Matthew Fitzpatrick (ENG) 69-71-72
213 - Marc Leishman (AUS) 69-74-70, Jason Day (AUS) 70-73-70, Li Haotong
(CHN) 71-70-72, Viktor Hovland (NOR) 69-73-71, Tiger Woods (USA) 70-72-71,
Tyrrell Hatton (ENG) 70-74-69
214 - Nick Taylor (CAN) 74-70-70, Sergio Garcia (ESP) 69-70-75, Shane Lowry
(IRL) 75-69-70, Jason Dufner (USA) 70-71-73, Billy Horschel (USA) 73-70-71,
Rickie Fowler (USA) 66-77-71, Jordan Spieth (USA) 72-69-73, Alex Prugh (USA)
215 - Martin Kaymer (GER) 69-75-71, Carlos Ortiz (MEX) 70-70-75, Tom Hoge
(USA) 71-73-71, Webb Simpson (USA) 74-68-73, Chandler Eaton (USA) 72-70-73,
Paul Casey (ENG) 70-72-73, Rhys Enoch (WAL) 78-66-71
216 - Emiliano Grillo (ARG) 68-74-74, Sepp Straka (AUT) 68-72-76, Erik van Rooyen (RSA) 71-73-72,
Rory Sabbatini (SVK) 72-71-73, Billy Hurley III (USA) 73-70-73, Bryson
DeChambeau (USA) 69-74-73, Phil Mickelson (USA) 72-69-75, Patrick Reed (USA)
71-73-72, Harris English (USA) 71-69-76, Collin Morikawa (USA) 71-73-72, Aaron
Wise (USA) 66-71-79, Charles Howell III (USA) 72-70-74
217 - Adrià Arnaus (ESP) 69-75-73, Andrew Putnam (USA) 73-71-73, Daniel
Berger (USA) 73-70-74, Tommy Fleetwood (ENG) 71-73-73
218 - Rafael Cabrera (ESP) 70-74-74, Clément Sordet (FRA) 76-68-74, Marcus
Kinhult (SWE) 74-70-74, Zach Johnson (USA) 70-69-79, Kevin Kisner (USA)
73-70-75, Andy Pope (USA) 72-71-75, Brian Stuard (USA) 71-73-74, Brandt
Snedeker (USA) 75-69-74
219 - Kyle Stanley (USA) 71-73-75, Charlie Danielson (USA) 72-70-77, Luke
Donald (ENG) 72-70-77
220 - Cameron Smith (AUS) 71-72-77, Chip McDaniel (USA) 71-73-76
221 - Justin Walters
222 - Bernd Wiesberger (AUT) 71-73-78
228 - Michael Thorbjornsen (USA) 71-73-84