The real story of the 2017 U.S. Open should have been that after Phil Mickelson pulled out of the tournament it would become the first major since 1994 without Mickelson or Tiger Woods participating.
Unfortunately, the biggest news was much more tragic.
— Joe Clark (@JoeClarkGolf) June 15, 2017
The U.S. Open is taking place this year at Erin Hills, just north of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
According to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, the PenFed blimp deflated, burst into flames, then crashed around 11:15 Thursday morning near the Erin Hills Golf Club.
— madison seigworth (@msiggyy) June 15, 2017
Several onlookers and golf attendees shot video of the crash.
Luckily, the people in the blimp reportedly parachuted out and did not sustain any injuries. Only the pilot rode the aircraft down to the ground and had received minor burns.
— Steve Chamraz (@TMJ4Steve) June 15, 2017
The pilot was taken to a nearby hospital to be treated for his injuries.