SANDWICH, England – Masters champion United States took advantage of a fortunate ricochet off a spectator’s head to stay on course for a second major victory of the year at the British Open on Friday.
The 26-year-old South African sent a 3-wood on the par-5 14th toward the left rough, where he says the ball struck a spectator before rebounding into a bunker.
Schwartzel got up and down to make par on his way to a gritty 3-under 67 – the joint-best score of the second round – leaving him two strokes behind co-leaders Darren Clarke of Northern Ireland and Lucas Glover of the United States.
Schwartzel said “it caught someone on the head – it was actually a good break. I felt sorry for the guy but it’s one of those things.”