WATCH: Long-drive contestant snaps shaft, hits fan after monster drive

The Volvik World Long Drive Championship took place in Oklahoma on Tuesday night, and Wes Patterson is in contention. New to the sport, Patterson has now beaten the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds this week and has made it all the way to the quarterfinals.  

On Tuesday, it almost went poorly for somebody watching him, though. That's because Patterson's driver shaft snapped after one of his drives, and plunked a fan in the chest area. The moment was scary for a bit but ultimately it seemed relatively harmless thanks to the rail guard protecting fans. The poor guy never saw it coming.

The torque Patterson put on his driver was unbelievable, and it's a wonder this doesn't happen to more driver shafts in this competition. He'll march on to face Canadian Mitch Grassing in the quarterfinals on Wednesday. Here's a look at the bracket.

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Kyle Porter began his sports writing career with CBS Sports in 2012. He covers golf, writes poetry about Rory McIlroy's swing, stays ready on Tiger watch and loves the Masters more than anyone you know.... Full Bio

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