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Joel Dahmen established himself as the people’s golfer as the understated star of Netflix’s “Full Swing” series this year.

But he has endeared himself to fans even more during a practice round ahead of the 105th PGA Championship at Oak Hill.

The laid-back American was on his final scouting mission at the tough Rochester course on Wednesday when he struck and injured a fan with an errant tee shot.

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It is standard practice to sign the ball and continue after accidentally striking a fan, but Dahmen wanted to help truly take the sting out of the sore mark left on his leg.

He approached the fan, named Caleb McGuire, asking him how much beers cost at the venue in upstate New York.

Upon discovery the beverages were priced at an absurd $17 in tournament week, Dahmen proceeded to hand over a crisp $100 bill to McGuire, saying “I got your beers today.”

The extremely likeable Dahmen is remarkably self-deprecating for a PGA Tour winner who has reached a career-high 58th in the world rankings.

His assertion that “somebody’s got to be the 70th-best golfer in the world and it might as well be me” certainly struck a chord during his eye-opening segment in the popular Netflix show.

But while Dahmen may never scale the heights of some of the most elite professional golfers, he will certainly be remembered as one of the most personable.


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Ben Parsons joined bunkered as a Content Producer in 2023 and is the man to come to for all of the latest news, across both the professional and amateur games. Formerly of The Mirror and Press Association, he is a member at Halifax Golf Club and is a long-suffering fan of both Manchester United and the Wales rugby team.

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