Kevin O’Connell, the 30-year-old reigning U.S. Mid-Novice champion, was enjoying a apply spherical at Pebble Seashore when he aced the enduring par-Three seventh gap. However simply moments later, per Golf Digest’s Joel Beall, he fell in poor health and requested for medical help.
Scary second at Pebble. Moments after making hole-in-one at 7, Kevin O’Connell motions to group that one thing’s improper and turns into violently sick. After 30 minutes with Hearth and Security, he’s in a position to get into service car below personal energy
— Joel Beall (@JoelMBeall) June 12, 2019
The USGA confirmed to Golf Channel that “a competitor did ask for medical help on the course. He was handled on the location by employees that shortly responded. As soon as his situation improved he took a cart again to his room. He didn’t request medical transport.”
A textual content despatched to O’Connell by Golf Channel was not instantly returned.
O’Connell performed his faculty golf at North Carolina earlier than he turned professional in 2011 and performed mini-tours for 3 summers. He regained his newbie standing a number of years after that and had thought of giving professional golf a second attempt final fall (he signed up for European Tour Q-College), till he gained the U.S. Mid-Novice final September and scored invitations to the Masters and U.S. Open. He missed the reduce at Augusta Nationwide in April.
He’s scheduled to tee off in Thursday’s first spherical of the U.S. Open at 7:18 a.m. PT alongside Billy Hurley III and Brian Davis.