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Heckler sinks putt McIlroy couldn’t make and earns $100

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A group of pro golfers discovered that the hardest way possible on Thursday, during a practice round at the Ryder Cup. As Rory McIlroy and Andy Sullivan attempted ― and fizzled more than once ― to sink a putt, a fan in the crowd yelled out that he could without much of a stretch make the 12-foot shot.

It was the ideal opportunity for a challenge.

Swedish golfer Henrik Stenson pulled the heckler, David Johnson from North Dakota, from the exhibition and set him up front, while pro golfer Justin Rose hauled out a new $100 bill. Stenson gave Johnson a putter.

The group chuckled as the novice amateur opponent his angles and expected his putting position. At that point, with a couple of changes and a firm tap, Johnson sunk the ball.

In the wake of tolerating his very much earned $100 from Rose, Johnson met with columnists to discuss his huge shot and new playing golf rivals.

“I razzed them a little bit, and they heard me, which was insane,” Johnson told the crowd. “I was going to make it; I knew that.”

How did a heckler in the group figure out how to sink a shot that two champion golfers couldn’t?

“I closed my eyes, swallowed my puke and hit the putt,” Johnson said. “It happened to go in.”

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