Ryder Cup winning captain Olazabal leaves spectator in bloody mess at Augusta after accidentally striking him with golf ball
16:06 GMT, 8 April 2013
16:28 GMT, 8 April 2013
A spectator was left with blood pouring from his head after he was struck by Jose Maria Olazabal's golf ball during the opening day of practice for this week's Masters.
Olazabal, the last European to don the Green Jacket back in 1999, accidentally struck the fan with his shot on the eighth hole at Augusta National.
The spectator fell to the ground clutching his head with his hand before being escorted away by medical staff.
Down and out: The fan was seen clutching his head after he was knocked to the ground
Apology: Jose Maria Olazabal went to see the injured spectator on the eighth hole
Take cover: Medical staff are pictured attending to the bloody spectator on the opening day of practice
Sign here: The Spaniard hands over his golf club with his signature to the injured fan
Straight down the middle: Olazabal earlier in his round
Olazabal, who arrives in Georgia for
the first time since he won the Ryder Cup as European captain at Medinah
last year, attended to the fan handing him a signed glove.
The spectator received attention to the wound which was swiftly wrapped in a bandage.
Earlier, former Open champion Darren Clarke was forced to withdraw from this week's tournament through injury.
Clarke pulled a hamstring more than a
week ago while on holiday on the Bahamian island of Abaco and will miss
the season's first major championship, which gets under way on
'It is with deep regret that I will not be able to play at Augusta this year,' Clarke said on his official website.
'Playing in The Masters is one of golf's greatest pleasures and I am very disappointed to be missing out.'
Clarke pulled out of last week's
Valero Texas Open in the hope that further rest would speed his
recovery, but intensive treatment twice a day failed to have the
The 44-year-old Northern Irishman,
who missed the cut at Augusta last year on his first appearance since
2007, has yet to set a date for his return to action.