Wayward LIV Golf shot smashes fan in crowd forcing dramatic fall to the grass

A wayward golf ball smacked a fan in the crowd on the controversial LIV golf circuit, causing a somewhat controversial fall to the ground. The fan tumbled after he was accidentally struck by a shot from Peter Uihlein.

The American miscued his shot left and signalled to those in attendance that the ball had not gone where he had intended. As a group of spectators rushed to get out of the danger zone, unfortunately one man was caught in the firing line, who first fell to his knees, then on to his back.

Uihlein put his hand on his head in shock as other concerned fans enquired over his wellbeing. The fan was rolled over and thankfully remained conscious and the world number 327 later met the supporter and embraced him before giving him a souvenir – his signed golf glove.

The player and the fan were also seen laughing together. This turned into a rather lighthearted moment, which have been at a premium since the circuit’s inaugural event began at the Centurion Club on Thursday.

Just half an hour into proceedings, players involved in the Saudi-backed tour received a damning email from PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan, banning them from playing under golf’s governing body. Monahan said the players "decided to turn their backs on the PGA Tour by willfully violating a regulation" to play in the LIV Golf Series. "The players are being notified that they are suspended or otherwise no longer eligible to participate in the PGA Tour tournament play, including the Presidents Cup," he continued.

"As you know, players listed below did not receive the necessary conflicting event and media rights releases – or did not apply for releases at all – and their participation in the Saudi Golf League / LIV Golf Event is in violation of our Tournament Regulations. This same fate holds true for any other players who participate in future Saudi Golf League events. These players have made their choice for their own financial-based reasons.

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“But they can't demand the same PGA Tour membership benefits, considerations, opportunities and platform as you. That expectation disrespects you, our fans and our partners. You have made a different choice, which is to abide by tournament regulations you agreed to when you accomplished the dream of earning a PGA Tour card and – more importantly – to compete as part of the preeminent organisations in the world of professional golf."

Ian Poulter, a veteran of the Ryder Cup whose future involvement is now uncertain due to his involvement with the LIV series, has confirmed he will appeal his ban from the PGA Tour. “I will appeal for sure. It makes no sense," he said. “Having two Tour cards and the ability to play golf all over the world, what's wrong with that?

"I didn't resign my membership because I don't feel I have done anything wrong. I have played all over the world for 25 years. This is no different … it's a power struggle and it's just disappointing." 2011 Masters champion Charl Schwartzel leads the way with a score of eight under par in the final round, with Hennie Du Plessis at six under.

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