Earlier today at the first round of the British Open, PGA pro Thomas Bjorn hit a ball out of the rough on the first hole and struck the camera that was capturing his swing.
Commentator Mike Tirico said the camera costs around $80,000. And while it appears to only be the lens that was damaged, those HD ENG zoom lenses generally cost a pretty penny themselves.
I suspect that ESPN pulled a spare out of the truck and was up and running in a few minutes though.
The Open Championship is live on ESPN, and we’ve already lost one camera to an unfortunately placed golf ball: pic.twitter.com/ljO9ZzbD2s
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