30 Sep 2016

Heckling golf fan has last laugh after sinking putt

11:40 am on 30 September 2016

A fan who heckled European Ryder Cup duo Rory McIlroy and Andy Sullivan when they failed to make a putt in practice celebrated as if he had won $1 million after he sunk the shot.

McIlroy, Sullivan, Henrik Stenson and Justin Rose pulled David Johnson out of the crowd at Hazeltine National and offered him $100 if he could do any better.

Johnson responded by rolling a 15-foot putt straight into the hole, before launching into an extravagant series of fist-pumps and high fives.

A grinning Stenson pointed to the sky as the ball disappeared into the cup and then gave the fan a big bear hug.

Rory McIlroy watches his tee shot on number 6 during the World Golf Championships - Dell Match Play Round 7 finals at the Austin Country Club Austin, Texas.

Rory McIIroy Photo: Photosport

McIlroy, Rose and Sullivan also embraced Johnson in delight before the beaming fan raised his $100 bill into the air with pride.

"I closed my eyes, hit the putt and it happened to go in," he told reporters.

Holders Europe will be chasing a fourth successive victory over the United States when the biennial team event gets starts tonight.

-Reuters

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