Cameron Smith Hits Pro In Head With Drive

One of Cameron Smith's drives struck Aaron Wise in the head during the PGA Championship second round

Aaron Wise holds his head after being struck by a golf ball
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Aaron Wise was thankfully not seriously injured after being struck by one of Cameron Smith's drives in the head during Friday at the PGA Championship.

Smith carved his tee shot right on the second hole at Southern Hills and let out a loud shout of 'fore right' before Wise, who was in the seventh fairway, was struck in the head on the fly without the ball bouncing. 

Wise apparently went down on a knee for around 30 seconds following the strike and was pictured applying ice onto his head following his round. He went on to par the seventh and eighth holes after the scary incident before bogeying the ninth, his final hole, to finish at one-over-par for the tournament.

Following his round he said, “there was a little bit of ringing in my head and I was down on the fairway. That lasted for about 20 seconds. Then I felt pretty normal after that.”

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Elliott Heath
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Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news, features, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as four Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. His first Open was in 2017 at Royal Birkdale, when he walked inside the ropes with Jordan Spieth during the Texan's memorable Claret Jug triumph. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Western Gailes, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 2-5. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!

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