The Players Championship draws some of the biggest golf crowds of the year. Pete Dye's TPC Sawgrass layout is called the Stadium Course for a reason, as the setup is designed to accommodate large crowds with amphitheater-style seating around many of the holes.
But the crowd can also come into play, as we saw on Friday afternoon when Graeme McDowell's golf ball ended up in a chair. That folding chair also happened to be occupied at the time, and a young man named Christian sat frozen while he waited for the Ulsterman to come find his ball and get a ruling from an official. Here's the lie McDowell encountered when he got up around the 10th green:
McDowell would, of course, get relief, plugging a tee into the ground below the chair in a spot approximately where his ball was resting a foot or so above. Christian was then excused, with McDowell's appreciation for his service.
From there, McDowell would make a nice little up-and-down par save. It's not uncommon to have the crowd interfere with a lie, but rare to see someone sit so still and disciplined.