Shots are being fired sharply at the PGA Championship 2022, but a dangerous situation arose in Round 2. On the fairway of the seventh hole, Aaron Wise was hit in the head by Cameron Smith’s tee shot from the adjacent 2nd hole just as he was identifying his ball.
Joel Dahmen, Aaron Wise’s playing partner, said after the round: “Thankfully, he’s fine,” Dahmen said. “It was a glancing blow, but the ball took off another 40 or 50 yards down the fairway. It ended up in the rough. You could hear it. All the spectators heard it. It was loud.”
Aaron Wise was fine under the circumstances, able to finish the round normally and only had to recover briefly from the scare. A cold water bottle was immediately used to cool the area on his head. Wise finished the round and is safely in the cut after two days one over par.
“Thankfully he’s fine”
“I had a great up and down on seven and eight,” Wise said. “You know, obviously, there’s a lot of adrenaline in the body after something like that happens. I was just trying to calm myself down and get back to being somewhat normal for the last few holes.”
After the round, Aaron Wise went to the medical centre on the course. After a 20-minute assessment, he was released, including an ice pack for his head. According to Dahmen, Cameron Smith is not to blame for the incident: “It was so far away, and there’s so many people and the wind is blowing,” Dahmen said. “You’re not going to be able to hear it if anyone says ‘fore.’ I don’t fault Cam for that at all. One hundred people could have yelled ‘fore’ and you wouldn’t hear it.”
PGA Championship 2022: Wise in for the weekend
Wise had shot a 72 (+2) after his opening round of 69 on Friday, leaving the American in the tournament’s top 30 at one-over-par. “Aaron is doing well and in good spirits after being hit today,” his management team said in a statement. “We’ll be monitoring his condition overnight but he looks forward to competing tomorrow.” Wise will therefore continue to compete in the upcoming rounds of the 2022 PGA Championship despite the incident.