PGA Championships: Cameron Smith tee shot hits Aaron Wise in head

Australian golfer Cameron Smith has fired a tee shot straight into the head of another golfer at the PGA Championships.

Australian golfer Cameron Smith has fired a tee shot straight into the head of another golfer at the PGA Championships.

South African-born American Aaron Wise said he was sore but all right on Friday at the PGA Championship after being struck in the head by an errant tee shot.

Wise was struck on the right side of his head by a shot from Australian Cameron Smith in the second round on a windy day at Southern Hills.

As Wise bent down in the rough on the right side of the seventh hole to identify his ball, Smith blasted his tee shot on the adjacent second hole.

The ball soared way to the right, pushed that way by a prevailing wind on a gusty day, and Smith yelled “Fore” to warn of a shot going off target.

Unfortunately, at 300 yards away, the folks on the seventh hole didn’t hear the warning.

“I was surprised my ball wasn’t in the fairway,” Wise told The Golf Channel. “Next thing you know, there was a little bit of ringing in my head and I was down on the fairway.” American Joel Dahmen, a playing partner of Wise, described the strike as a “glancing blow” that sent Smith’s ball 40 to 50 yards further down the adjacent fairway.

“All the spectators heard it. It was loud,” Dahmen told the Golf Channel. “He was definitely shook.” Smith had a line through the trees to return to the second hole and went on to make par.

Wise took a water bottle from a nearby rules official and put it on his head. He would eventually send his second shot into the rough right of the fairway but chipped just outside five feet of the cup and made his putt for a remarkable par.

Wise, a back-nine starter, also parred the eighth hole and finished his round with a bogey for a two-over par 72, leaving him on one-over 141 after 36 holes.

The clearly head-strong golfer rested and visited the medical tent after the round, but declared himself all right.

“A little sore,” Wise said. “But I feel fine.”

American Will Zalatoris reeled off three consecutive back-nine birdies to seize the lead alongside Chile’s Mito Pereira in Friday’s second round of the PGA Championship while Tiger Woods battled to make the cut.

World number 30 Zalatoris, last year’s Masters runner-up and the 2021 US PGA Tour Rookie of the Year, and Pereira, in only his second major start, made four birdies in a six-hole stretch to leave both on 8-under par at Southern Hills.

They enjoyed a two-shot edge over US clubhouse leader Justin Thomas, the 2017 PGA Championship winner who fired a second consecutive three-under par 67 to stand on six-under 134 for 36 holes.

Woods, the 15-time major winner in his second comeback event from severe leg injuries, fired a 74 on Thursday and stood on 4-over for the tournament after 15 holes, right on the cut line.

A huge crowd watched him play alongside Rory McIlroy, who led after 18 holes with an opening 65, and Jordan Spieth, trying to complete a career Grand Slam.

Woods made a five-foot birdie putt at the par-5 fifth and a bogey at the par-3 eighth, then began the back nine with a 10-foot birdie putt.

But Woods had a double-bogey disaster at the par-3 11th, going over the green into rough, then into a greenside bunker, then blasting out to eight feet and missing his bogey putt.

The 46-year-old star responded at the par-5 13th by sinking an eight-foot birdie putt to lift himself back onto the cut line, two following pars letting the drama build.

Originally published as PGA Championships: Cameron Smith tee shot hits Aaron Wise in head