Fan strips down to retrieve pro’s club from water at Valhalla

Spectator enters water to retrieve a club for Adam Hadwin at 2024 PGA Championship

A fan stripped down to retrieve Adam Hadwin's club from the water at Valhalla.


As if there wasn’t enough going on at the PGA Championship on Friday, Valhalla yielded an additional OMG moment when a fan stripped down to his underwear — and, inexplicably, remained in his socks — to retrieve a pro’s club from a water hazard.

Exactly how the club entered the water remains unclear, but it appears the club belongs to Adam Hadwin, which was further confirmed by Hadwin’s wife Jessica’s posts on social media following the retrieval.

What also remains unclear is how the fan was recruited for duty. But if social media stardom was the goal, mission accomplished! As an aside, Hadwin does have a history of epic club tosses — a skill he most recently demonstrated at the Players Championship.

Thankfully, the club wasn’t very deeply submerged in the water, so the fan was able to make quick business of grabbing it and returning it to a grateful Hadwin. Here’s hoping he came away with a memento — perhaps a signed towel? — for his trouble.

Hadwin made the cut after posting rounds of 68-72 (-2) to sit at T52 heading into the third round. He’ll tee off at 12:50 p.m. ET alongside Grayson Murray and Ryan Fox. Editor

As a four-year member of Columbia’s inaugural class of female varsity golfers, Jessica can out-birdie everyone on the masthead. She can out-hustle them in the office, too, where she’s primarily responsible for producing both print and online features, and overseeing major special projects, such as GOLF’s inaugural Style Is­sue, which debuted in February 2018. Her origi­nal interview series, “A Round With,” debuted in November of 2015, and appeared in both in the magazine and in video form on

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