Graeme McDowell's golf ball lands in an occupied chair at The Players Championship

Engage the crowd at TPC Sawgrass.

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.

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