Every player at The Open this week will be looking to get off to a good start to stay in the hunt for golf’s third major of the year. Thomas Bjorn has had his share of bad memories at The Open, and it didn’t take him long to make another.
After finding the rough on the first hole, he attempted to hack out his second shot, only to do this:
Bjorn’s shot struck the lens of a £50,000 camera belonging to ESPN. Bjorn went on to make a double-bogey six and ESPN later went on to tweet a photo of the smashed camera, saying:
“@SportsCenter The Open Championship is live on ESPN, and we’ve already lost one camera to an unfortunately placed golf ball”
ESPN’s NFL analyst, Trey Wingo, shared this close-up photo:
With the increased purse for this year’s Open, Bjorn will need a finish of 21st or better to earn the £50,000 to perhaps pay back ESPN. Despite his start, he held on to finish his first round two-over and is currently tied for 67th.