Golf fans suffer injuries after trying to jump Swilcan Burn at Open

A 'handful' of spectators were injured in attempting to jump over the water to get a better view of Rory McIlroy's closing shots at the 150th championship.

Golf fans suffer ankle and leg injuries after trying to jump Swilcan Burn at Open for Rory McIlroy’s last hole SNS Group

Several golf fans were injured at the historic 150th Open championships at St Andrews after attempting to jump over the Swilcan Burn in an effort to get a good view of Rory McIlroy’s final shots.

A small group of spectators were said to have breached barriers near the 17th green before taking off in the direction of the 18th fairway as the tournament reached its dramatic conclusion.

It came as the Northern Irishman made his way to the final hole on Sunday evening, only to miss out on winning the tournament to Australia’s Cameron Smith.

Fans are permitted on the course behind the rope when the final game is over in order to see the presentation of the Claret Jug.

But a cohort left the Old Course with ankle and leg injuries after trying to hop over the water near the iconic bridge shortly before Smith’s victory was confirmed.

A spokesperson for the R&A said some were given treatment on the course by emergency personnel, though none were required to be taken to hospital.

Police Scotland confirmed none had been charged with disorder in relation to the event.

The R&A spokesman added: “An R&A spokesman said, “We have robust plans in place which are supported by local agencies for our 72nd hole operation and procedures for the conclusion of the championship were carried out effectively.

“A small number of fans were provided with medical treatment after attempting to the cross the burn and we wish them a speedy recovery.”

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