Francesco Laporta Shoots Ball Into Swing Coach’s Head at the BMW PGA Championship

Published 09/13/2021, 4:15 PM EDT
Golf – European Tour – BMW PGA Championship – Wentworth Golf Club, Virginia Water, Britain – September 12, 2021 Pietro Cosenza a trainer of Italy’s Francesco Laporta is seen with his head bandaged after being hit by a ball from a shot from Francesco Laporta Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs


Francesco Laporta was leading the 2021 BMW PGA Championship after round three. Moreover, he was even looking to lift his maiden European Tour trophy. But his one-shot lead going into the final round didn’t turn into a victory. He had a terrible front nine on Sunday, which pushed him way behind in the race for the trophy. 

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The Italian golfer was impressive in the first three rounds. Moreover, he even carded a 65 in the second round and got himself in the contention. Meanwhile, an unfortunate incident took place on the final day, which made his Sunday even worse. 

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Francesco Laporta hits his coach on the head at the 2021 BMW PGA Championship

Laporta had a terrible front nine on the final day. Meanwhile, he came on the 13th hole with his swing coach Pietro Consenza following his game on each hole. Furthermore, Laporta hit a wild drive from the tee, and the ball ended up smashing Consenza straight on the head

But thankfully, he was quickly attended by medical staff. They bandaged his head as blood started pouring from underneath the wrapping. However, Pietro Consenza did not abandon his student and was with Laporta till the final 18th hole but was understandably in discomfort. 

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Moreover, Laporta birdied the par-3 14th but dropped a shot with a bogey on the 15th. And this is where it was crystal clear that his hopes of winning the tournament were all over. But still, he birdied the final hole to card a round of 70. He finished with a score of -16 for the event and eventually fell three strokes behind the leader.

Golf – European Tour – BMW PGA Championship – Wentworth Golf Club, Virginia Water, Britain – September 11, 2021 Italy’s Francesco Laporta in action during the third round REUTERS/Paul Childs

However, even though the Italian failed to win the trophy, he has moved into the top 200 of the OWGR. This move in the rankings came following a fourth place in the Italian Open and shared sixth place at the 2021 BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth. 

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Meanwhile, Billy Horschel won the tournament by one shot at 19 under par. He made an incredible up-and-down birdie from 91 yards on the final hole to take the lead and eventually won the tournament by one stroke. 

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Amey Kulkarni

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Amey Kulkarni is a Golf writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his Bachelor’s degree in mass media. Before joining EssentiallySports he used to write articles on Golf and Cricket on his personal blog cricgolf.

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