AARON WISE was lucky to avoid serious injury after being struck on the HEAD by a wayward ball at the PGA Championship.
Cameron Smith would not have felt too clever as he drove well off target at Southern Hills.
And the Aussie’s sliced hit came down and caught his fellow golf pro right on the noggin.
Wise was on the seventh hole, bending down to assess his ball that had drifted wide of the fairway into rough.
Schmied, inzwischen, was teeing off on the adjacent second which runs parallel.
The world No4 did shout “fore” repeatedly but Wise did not hear it.
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Then suddenly the ball cannoned off the right side of his head, leaving a mark on his white cap.
Wise took a few moments to recompose himself and somehow still made par on the seventh as he walked around the course holding a water bottle and then an ice pack to his head.
Die Amerikaner, 25, sagte: “I was surprised my ball wasn’t in the fairway and the next thing you know, there’s a little bit of ringing in my head.
“I was down on the fairway. But you know, that happened for maybe 20 Sekunden, and I was pretty normal after that.
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“Offensichtlich, there’s a lot of adrenaline in the body after something like that happens.
“So it’s really just trying to calm myself down and get back to feeling somewhat normal for the last few holes.”
Wise – who shot a 72 in the second round to move to one-over for the Turnier – added he felt “fein” aber “a little sore”.
His playing partner Joel Dahmen labelled the shock moment as “a glancing blow”.
Er fügte hinzu: “Thankfully, he’s fine. All the spectators heard it. It was loud.
“He was definitely shaken getting into that next shot, sicher.
“It was so far away, and there’s so many people and the wind is blowing.
“You’re not going to be able to hear it if anyone says fore.
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“I don’t fault Cam for that at all. One hundred people could have yelled fore, and you wouldn’t hear it.”
Wise’s moment of misfortune came a day after Tiger Woods narrowly avoided being struck by another stray ball.