Golfer Renato Paratore Hits Ball Into Spectator’s Bag

Golfer Renato Paratore Hits Ball Into Spectator's Bag

Known colloquially as the “fastest man in professional golf,” Renato Paratore obtained his qualifying card for the European Tour at only 17 and has been a reliable middle-pack finisher throughout his pro career. His most notable achievement is probably winning the Betfred British Masters in 2020. That is, until last week when he managed to wing a shot right into the bag of an audience member watching at the Omega European Masters.

Paratore was having a great run at the tournament, hosted at the Crans-sur-Sierre Golf Club, scoring 65 and 66 on Thursday and Friday. But in the third day of play, he struck a ball that went flying wide and straight into the crowd. It plunked right into the rucksack of an audience member, sending officials into a tizzy as they tried to figure out what the rules were for where Paratore should play from.

Paratore was eventually told to place a marker and play from there, and the incident didn’t seem to affect his overall performance as he closed out the day with a 1-under-par 69. That’s the mark of a true pro to be able to bounce back from something like that.

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