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Condoleezza Rice hits spectator in head
at Pebble Beach Pro-am
By Antonio Gonzalez
Condoleezza Rice started strong but was clearly rattled after she hit a woman in the head on an errant approach shot on the sixth hole. (Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
Pebble Beach, Calif. — The first thing Condoleezza Rice told playing partner Jason Bohn when she walked onto the practice green at picturesque Pebble Beach eased any tension in the group.
"Roll Tide," she said.
A smart move for the fellow Alabama fan.
Also maybe the lightest — and least nerve-racking — moment of her opening round Thursday, when the former Secretary of State made her most public outing on the course since becoming the first of two female members at Augusta National.
Rice started strong but was clearly rattled after she hit a woman in the head on an errant approach shot on the sixth hole. She faded before the turn and combined with Bohn for a 2-under 70 in the pro-am portion of the tournament.
"Somebody asked me, 'How did it compare to diplomacy?'" Rice said while walking off the 18th green. "And I said, 'Well, I know how to do diplomacy, I'm not so sure about the golf course.'"
Rice's round started with a flurry and collapsed with a thud.
She chipped within 4 feet on the first and outdrove everybody on the second while hitting from the ladies' tee. Then she rolled in a 30-foot birdie putt, pumping her left arm in celebration. She kept almost everything in the fairway for another three holes.
The shot everybody in the gallery will remember most is the one Rice would rather forget.
Standing on the steep hill for a blind approach shot on the sixth, Rice hit a hybrid that sent the ball into the left side of the gallery about 50 feet away — and nowhere near the green more than 150 feet to the right.
The ball struck a spectator on her forehead, which gushed with blood and sent her to the ground to recover.
From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130207/SPORTS04/302070484#ixzz2KGit0MKd
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