Aug 18th, 2018
Blood everywhere as Kevin Stadler injures spectator
With broken clubhead
Kevin Stadler, son of the one-time Masters winner Craig Stadler, has been involved in a nasty incident at a Web.com tour event, which involved copious amounts of blood.
Stadler junior hit a wayward tee shot on his 15th hole, and in frustration thrashed his 7 iron into the ground. But in so doing the clubhead broke and struck an onlooker square on the head.
The unlucky spectator had to be hospitalised to be stitched up.
“It was a very freakish accident,” Web.com Tour rules official Orlando Pope told ESPN. “Kevin is devastated. He had trouble trying to finish the round. He was quite worried and felt so bad.”
His playing partner Shaun Micheel posted this on Facebook.
“In a fit of anger [Kevin Stadler] slammed his club against the ground and the side of his foot which caused the club to break about 6 [inches] from the bottom. I had my head down but the clubhead flew behind me and hit a spectator to my right. It’s been a while since I’ve seen so much blood.”
According to Micheel, the group stayed with the spectator for about 15 minutes until help arrived, and then tried to help the “absolutely shattered” Stadler get back on his game.
“We did our best to keep his spirits up,” Micheel wrote. “This was not done on purpose and we were astounded at the way the club was directed but it shows you just how dangerous it is to throw or break clubs. Each of us in the group learned something today!”