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Golf fan attacked by cactus trying to avoid McIlroy shot

- February 20th, 2014

Everybody knows golf is a dangerous game, right?

Especially for the spectators at pro tour events, who often risk life and limb to get up close and personal with their favourite player. A golf gallery can be a scary place, kids.

Occasionally, fans have to dodge flying balls, wayward clubs and, less frequently (fortunately), jumping cacti.

Wait. What? Jumping cacti?

Yessir, when the PGA Tour hits the Arizona desert the risk factor goes waaaayyyy up. Just ask the guy who stumbled into a cactus — a jumping cholla, no less — trying to avoid an errant ball hit by Rory McIlroy during the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship at Dove Mountain.

And, yeah, the reaction by McIlroy, who clearly wasn’t trying to hit the ball in that direction, is pretty priceless.

Doesn’t look like much fun having those quills (or barbs, spines, whatever the heck they are) removed from his back, though.

Still, it makes for a great story to tell on the 19th hole.

After all, how many golf fans can tell their friends they were attacked by a cactus while bring brushed back by a Rory McIlroy shot?

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