According to multiple sources, a spectator has died at Erin Hills on Friday of the 117th U.S. Open.
The Washington County Sheriff’s Office reported that the medical examiner was called to the scene around 2 p.m. The person in question was considered elderly. FOX 6 News said that the Sheriff’s Office does not know the cause of death at this moment.
“The USGA was saddened to learn that a spectator at Erin Hills passed away a short time ago,” read a statement. “Out of respect for the family, we are unable to provide additional information at this time. Our thoughts and prayers are with those surrounding this individual during this difficult time.”
This is actually not the first time a spectator has died at a U.S. Open event. During the 1991 U.S. Open at Hazeltine, a fan was killed during a lightning strike.
This death is not the only tragedy to befall this year’s U.S. Open. According to a report by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, E. Coli was found in a hydration station on the golf course. Health officials found the E. Coli on the 12th hole water cooler and did not find it in any of the other stations.
To prevent any issues, the course is handing out water bottles to spectators for the rest of the week. Not to mention the blimp that went up in flames on Thursday.
“The safety and security of our guests is of paramount importance to the USGA,” association spokesman Jeff Altstadter said.
The USGA noted before the tournament that this U.S. Open needs to go smoothly. While the course is in pristine condition and is keeping top players like Dustin Johnson and Jason Day on their toes, a different type of “bad press” is clouding the organization.