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Golf-PGA chief apologises for crowd issues at PGA Championship

(Reuters) – The PGA of America has apologised after spectators overwhelmed safety officers and swarmed round Phil Mickelson and Brooks Koepka on the ultimate gap of the PGA Championship at Kiawah Island on Sunday.

When eventual champion Mickelson’s method shot discovered the inexperienced at the 18th, spectators raced to comply with him up the golf green, enveloping him within the crowd and leaving the 50-year-old unnerved by the expertise.

Koepka, who’s recovering from a dislocated kneecap, mentioned he had been “dinged” a number of instances within the knee by the crowd.

“While we welcome enthusiastic fan engagement, we regret that a moment of high elation and pent-up emotion by spectators … briefly overwhelmed security and made two players and their caddies feel vulnerable,” PGA CEO Seth Waugh mentioned in a press release

“We always put player safety at the top of our list and are grateful order was restored. I have spoken to both players and apologised on behalf of the Association.”

Mickelson was shepherded by a number of police and marshals and shortly emerged right into a protected space close to the inexperienced earlier than Koepka finally made his means by way of the crowd.

(Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru;Editing by Peter Rutherford)

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