Watch a Golfer Hit a Photographer With a 145 MPH Drive

Bryan Brandom
(Photo: Instagram.)

There are lots of ways to get the autograph of golfer Graeme McDowell.

On Wednesday, photographer Cy Cyr chose the most painful one.

While working the 2010 U.S. Open champ's fantasy golf camp on Wednesday, Cyr was on the receiving end of a drive from a student that isn't lacking in power but could use some more of McDowell's guidance when it comes to hitting greens.

Angelo "the Assassin" ripped a 145 MPH drive right into Cyr's stomach. To be fair, it was Angelo's first drive of the day.

Here's his account of the ordeal, from Instagram:

When one of @graeme_mcdowell 's Fantasy Golf Campers rips a 145mph drive on the first tee of the very first hole of first inaugural fantasy weekend into your big belly at the Ritz Carlton in Orlando, you count your lucky stars the Callaway didn't do real damage. Angelo, "The Assassin," felt horrible for the accident and we quickly became friends. Many thanks to GMac (McDowell) and Ritz Orlando golf staff for making sure I was OK. GMac made Angelo hit driver on the range while using Trackman, which is how we knew it was 145mph! I've been a golf photographer for 20 years, had a few close calls, but never seriously hit…until the Assassin came to town.

At least he has an autograph and a memorable welt to show for it.

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