PGA Travelers Championship Golf | Runaway golf cart crashes into pond

Television cameras captured the moment a runaway golf cart made quite a splash on the PGA Tour – literally.

When a group bailed out on the par-3 16th during the first round of the Travelers Championship, both the golfers and spectators were distracted by something happening in the crowd.

The transmission was then cut off until the moment the cart fell down a hill and into a pond after suffering an apparent parking brake failure.

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The scene gets comical as several bags float to the surface while the cart disappears underneath.

While parking brake failure was blamed for the accident, social media speculated if the brake actually failed or if an attendant just failed to adjust it.

A brave spectator looked like he might try to stop the cart just before it hit the pond, but wisely decided against it.

“You don’t see that every day,” the commentator said in the coverage.

Meanwhile, Rory McIlroy battled a sine bug to take a share of the first-round lead with JT Poston with an 8-under 62.

After a fifth-place tie at the US Open, McIlroy had a morning round without a bogey – highlighted by a 47-foot birdie putt on the seventh par-4.

McIlroy reached the lowest opening round of his PGA Tour career.

“It’s like rehab coming here at the US Open,” said the four-time Major champion. “I like coming here in the week after the US Open, it kind of gives you an opportunity to get low scores and come after that.”

Poston started on the back nine, had five straight birdies from 13th to 17th and made the turn with 6 under 29, prompting thoughts of Jim Furyk’s record 58 on the same TPC River Highlands course in 2016. Poston parried the first six holes on the front nine and birdied on the seventh and ninth holes to also cap a bogey-free round.

“I looked around a few times, but kind of made some pars to start the front, so after a while that was kind of out of the picture,” Poston said.

“I might have thought about it a little more if I had done some early risers.”

Xander Schauffele and Martin Laird were one shot behind.

— With AP

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