The U.S. Open has been a chaotic affair, and it has almost nothing to do with the golf itself.
The second major of the golf season is officially underway at Erin Hills in Wisconsin, and there has been no shortage of strange occurrences.
First, there was fiery wreckage left behind by a downed blimp. While the pilot was the only one injured, he still suffered severe burns, among other significant injures, and is recovering in the hospital. Video footage and spectator accounts indicate the blimp deflated, crashed and exploded just before the first round of the U.S. Open began Thursday.
Then the bacteria E. coli was discovered in a drinking fountain near the 12th hole Thursday. The Washington Ozaukee Public Health Department discovered the E. coli in a sample of water taken at a hydration station. It is presumed that the E. coli originated from a contaminated well connected to the station, which was immediately closed.
In response, the U.S. Golf Association has agreed to supply complimentary bottled water at all drinking stations for the duration of the tournament.
And now tragedy has struck the tournament. Just a day after the blimp crashed and the bacteria-laden water was discovered, a spectator has died at the U.S. Open.
The Washington County Sheriff told the USGA that it appeared the 94-year old fan died of natural causes Friday.
The organization released a statement:
“The USGA was saddened to learn that a spectator at Erin Hills passed away a short time ago. Out of respect for the family, we are unable to provide additional information at this time. Our thoughts and prayers are with those surrounding this individual during this difficult time.’’
We at USA Liberty News would also like to extend our deepest condolences to the family.
The second round of the U.S. Open is well underway. American Rickie Fowler has managed to stave off countryman Brooks Koepka. While Fowler has led most of the way, Koepka has been hot on his heels. Masters winner Sergio Garcia and Jordan Spieth have both struggled mightily in this tournament.
Rounds three and four will continue throughout the weekend. If a playoff is necessary, it will be held Monday.
Live coverage of the U.S. Open will be ongoing on both Fox Sports and The Golf Channel.
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