Blustery conditions across Royal Melbourne meant for wild golf as one spectator found out the hard way.
The Presidents Cup match featuring Aaron Badddley, Jason Day, Tiger Woods and Dustin Johnson was getting very tense as they approached the 17th hole. With the Internationals one hole in front, Aaron Baddeley blasted a wild tee shot that bounced off the face of a spectator and back on to the fairway.
It was just the lucky break the International team needed, but not so lucky for 60-year old Barry McCarthy of Mount Eliza.
“I had just said that I was in the right position to get hit by a ball. I kid you not, about thirty seconds beforehand I said that, and then ‘bang’, I did,”, Barry said.
Barry’s sunglasses were smashed as the ball careered into his face leaving a surprisingly small, but nasty cut across his nose. As Baddeley approached, Barry began to tell everyone how expensive the glasses were and claimed he felt quite “Baddeley”.
“I’ve been head-hunted in business, but this is ridiculous,” he joked.
As Baddeley approached and saw Barry nursing a bloody towel, he signed a ball and gave it to Barry to thank him for taking one for the team. Baddeley went on to par the hole, matching Woods’ par and eventually secured a point for the Internationals.
If you’re a fan of the International Team, you have a lot to thank Barry for.