Danish golfer Thomas Bjorn struck an ESPN camera worth $80,000 at the British Open yesterday, smashing the front element.
Ouch: Danish golfer Thomas Bjorn accidentally struck a golf ball straight into one of ESPN’s cameras at the British Open yesterday, resulting in a completely smashed
front element filter (see the update below).
Take a look:
According to the commentators, the camera in question is worth $80,000, although we suspect the damages will be less than that if only the front element needs replacement.
Update: Our Pro Broadcast manager Juanne Whyte has commented that it is probably just a double layer 127mm UV filter that got smashed, and further pointed out that it’s most likely a Canon HJ22ex7.6B lens. So luckily the damage is not as extensive as initially thought!
Here’s two shots of the broken
The Open Championship is live on ESPN, and we've already lost one camera to an unfortunately placed golf ball: pic.twitter.com/ljO9ZzbD2s
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) July 18, 2013
ESPN TV camera on first fairway after Thomas Bjorn's second shot from the rough!! pic.twitter.com/wKo76Qt6Md
— Mark Donaldson (@Donaldson007) July 18, 2013
The accidental hit reminds us of this similar video of Tiger Woods striking a ball into a camera – although that time the director asked for it!