The Open :: Marshal hit twice in an hour

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A marshal was hit by two golf balls within an hour during the first round of the Open Championship at the Royal Liverpool Golf Club.

Bill Davies, who was marshalling at the 16th hole, was initially struck on his leg by Rickie Fowler’s ball and then on the shoulder by South Africa's former Masters champion Charl Schwartzel’s.

“It hit me on the shoulder and I went down and lay there for a little bit of time, I wasn't too bad but having two detonating things happening to you within three quarters of hour, then you know, you start worrying,”
"Rickie Fowler was very good about it." - Bill Davies

Bill, who is the president of the Vicars Cross Golf Club in Chester, is volunteering at the Open told BBC Radio 5 Live's Vassos Alexander that the players apologised once they realised they had hit him.

"Rickie Fowler was more interested, first thing in the ball, when I was lying on the floor...anyway he was very good about it, he said 'I'm sorry'."

Bill was not the only bystander to be hit by an errant shot on the opening day of the Open. Ernie Els struck an elderly man in the face with his very first shot of the championship. A rattled Els proceeded to then triple-bogey the first and go on to card a seven-over 79.

Click here to listen to BBC Radio 5 Live's interview with the unluckiest marshal at the Open.

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