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Ryder Cup captain's car shot at
Tom Lehman
The incident happened after Mr Lehman missed a road exit
US Ryder Cup captain Tom Lehman has begun in the Masters golf tournament despite being involved in a drive-by shooting incident, US media report.

According to the Augusta Chronicle, Mr Lehman was driving his car on Augusta's Bobby Jones expressway on Tuesday night when it was hit by a bullet.

Mr Lehman said he heard a blast and found a bullet had hit the lower side of the vehicle's rear left door.

Mr Lehman, the 1996 Open champion, was unharmed in the incident.

Every day you read in the newspapers about crazy stuff... but all's well that ends well
Tom Lehman

Mr Lehman told police the incident happened as he was driving a courtesy car provided by the Masters tournament organisers. He was heading to Augusta airport to pick up his son.

He missed the exit, he said, so he turned around, at which point a car passed him at high speed.

It was then that he heard the bang and found that his car had been hit, with a bullet hole discovered in one of the rear doors.

After another incident in the town, a 26-year-old man was arrested and jailed.

"It was a very surreal experience. If it had been coming away from the airport my three-year-old would have been sitting where the bullet hit," said Mr Lehman.

"Every day you read in the newspapers about crazy stuff. I'm just glad they caught the guy. It was a very random thing and very random things happen in this world.

"But all's well that ends well," he said.


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