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Mickelson jokes with fan he beaned in the head

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DUBLIN, Ohio – A scary situation had a happy ending Thursday at the Memorial Tournament.

Phil Mickelson pulled his drive on the par-5 15th, and it struck a PGA Tour ShotLink operator in the head. The operator was standing in the right rough, and Mickelson's tee shot hit him so hard that the ball ricocheted across the fairway into the left rough.

He wasn't knocked out nor bleeding and was a good sport when Mickelson gave him a signed glove and a huge apology.

"If your head was a touch softer I'd be in the fairway," Mickelson joked with the volunteer before making a birdie on the hole.

It was Mickelson's sixth birdie of the day, and he finished with a 4-under 68.

"I've hit a lot of people, a lot of people," Lefty said after his round. "Nobody's taken it that well as the marshal did on 15."