Actor Bill Murray (L) walks with spectator Gail DiMaggio (R) on the ninth hole during the final round of the Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am at TPC Tampa Bay on April 19, 2009 in Lutz, Florida. Murray's tee shot struck DiMaggio in the head on the same hole while she was standing in her back yard during the first round of play on Friday. DiMaggio was taken to the hospital, but she was released the same day. (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)more pics »
Whoops. Bill Murray
inadvertently met a long-time fan Sunday by hooking his 9th-hole tee-off into her head while playing at the Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am tournament in Tampa Bay. Bill Murray reacts to a bad shot on the 9th hole. (Getty Images)
After being told that his ball had hit a fan, Murray rushed over to find her on the ground.
"How many fingers am I holding up?" he asked.
"Three," she said.
"Is my ball in bounds or out of bounds?"
Murray's quick wit got a big laugh from everyone, including the victim of his wayward shot, Gail DiMaggio. DiMaggio was examined at a hospital and determined to be fine, but she was quickly back at the golf course. DiMaggio, who lives near the 9th hole, said she had just stepped out to watch Murray take his shot.
"She was overjoyed when she saw me because she said she had come out to see me and her husband had just said, 'I hope he hits it over here,'" Murray said. "I wasn't sure if I was in bounds or not. I saw this NBC golf cart coming at me and he said, 'I hate to be the one to tell you this but you hit a lady. She's down on the ground.' That is, you know, sobering."
Murray signed his scorecard for DiMaggio and let her tag along for a while before joking to the press that she wasn't the first spectator he'd hit.
For all the commotion, Murray and partner Jeff Sluman finished the day 8-under par, two behind the leaders. (More at TampaBayOnline.com
)Photos: Bill Murray hits Gail DiMaggio on the 9th Hole