Gary Woodland hits shot into fan’s backpack and asks him to run to the green at The Open at Portrush – The Sun

GARY WOODLAND hit consecutive tee shots into a fan's rucksack and asked him to run to the green during his first round at The Open.

The US Open winner hooked his tee shot on the par 3 16th miles left into the spectators surrounding the green.

But when he got up there he found the ball had nestled to the bottom of one bloke's bag.

Seeing where it finished, Woodland pointed towards the green and jokingly asked the fan: "Can you run that way?"

Another wild swipe off the par 4 17th tee saw Woodland's ball clatter a fan on the bum.

And after getting hit he quipped: "It's a good thing I didn't turn around."

Woodland, who claimed the first Major of his career at Pebble Beach last month, carded an opening three-over 74.

But his problems were nothing in comparison to playing partner Rory McIlroy and 2001 Open champion David Duval's.

Bookies' favourite McIlroy hit his opening drive into a woman spectator and cracked her phone en route to a quadruple bogey eight.

He also had a three putt from three feet on the par 3 16th and a triple bogey at the last for a "dreadful" opening round of eight-over 79.

Former world No 1 Duval matched that score on one hole with a 13 on the par 5 seventh.

That was the highest score on a hole in 69 years of The Open and came in his first-round 90.

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