GULLANE, Scotland — Justin Rose was shaken by striking an elderly spectator on the head with an errant drive on the way to a 4-under 66 at the Scottish Open, leaving him tied for the lead midway through the second round Friday.
The defending champion sent his tee shot left on the par-5 16th and when he approached his ball, there was a man sitting the ground with blood coming from a cut on his head. Rose said a young spectator fainted at the sight of the blood, but soon “came around.”
Rose said “it’s an elderly gentleman so it’s not nice, but he took it like a trooper … He was talking to me and that’s reassuring.”
After a second straight 66, Rose was tied on 8 under with Sweden’s Johan Carlsson (67) and Ireland’s Shane Lowry (66).