Blimp crashes near US Open course

Gwen Vasquez
June 16, 2017

Just got to the #USOpen and the blimp caught fire and crashed. "I had the shakes".

"My expectations going into Whistling, I was playing well. It was a terrible sight".

England's Danny Willett, who won the 2016 Masters, birdied the par-three ninth, his last hole, but signed for a nine-over-par 81. "I guess it was nose down". Ruediger says she saw the blimp disappear behind the tree line, drove to another vantage point and saw black smoke along with three fireballs erupting after it hit the field. "He said, 'The blimp is not looking good.' I guess it was nose down".

Factor in fairways bordered by deep fescue grass that some have already described as unplayable, and it appears likely that the tournament will live up to its billing as the toughest test in golf.

The blimp, which had been airborne for several hours, may have experienced mechanical problems, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Office. Rescue crews used utility vehicles to reach the crash site, about a half mile from the golf course.

Dustin Johnson and Jordan Spieth were both left frustrated by off-key performances with the putter during a disappointing start to the US Open.

Justin Maynard, a sales manager for Florida-based AirSign, says the company's operations team on the ground reported that the pilot is "OK" and that he is being taken to the hospital.

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"That's why I like this golf course, it allows you to be aggressive and swing freely and get after it", the 28-year-old said.

"It started deflating, and then it started going down", said Bryan Rosine.

The Sheriff's Office said it is assisting the FAA and National Transportation Safety Bureau with the investigation. The Sheriff's Office said the FAA determined the aircraft was operating at the proper altitude.

"It was a horrific scene".

"I didn't see it explode, but it definitely just happened when he tapped me on the shoulder. It was pretty terrible".

Leonard said emerging young players Hideki Matsuyama of Japan and Jon Rahm of Spain, seeking their first major, had the talent to win but their lack of experience might let them down.

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