THIS is the dramatic moment a golf star steps in to fend off eco-yobs who disrupted play at The Open 2023 today.
twitterBilly Horschel fended off Just Stop Oil protesters at Hoylake[/caption]
PAA Just Stop Oil protester is taken away by police during day two of The Open[/caption]
GettyThe protesters halted play on the green today[/caption]
PACops leading away the eco yobs after the incident[/caption]
A police officer removes orange paint from the 17th green while cleaners wait to clear the messReuters
GettyA protestor was led off the green by cops in high-vis jackets[/caption]
Three Just Stop Oil protesters with a smoke flare and orange powder paint stormed the 17th green at Royal Liverpool today as Horschel and his playing partners Corey Conners and Alex Noren made their way up the par three.
Horschel helped stop the chaos before leading one of the protesters to the on-running security.
Keen fans who had gathered for the prestigious tournament were seen loudly cheering and applauding the US golfer after his swift actions.
Cops handcuffed the eco yobs after they selfishly halted the world-renowned championship by letting off orange paint and flares.
After the activists were detained by police, event organisers quickly gathered with leaf blowers to clear the mess that had been made on the course.
Ahead of the event, R&A CEO Martin Slumbers addressed the issue of Just Stop Oil interrupting the event.
Mr Slumbers admitted heading into the week that they had received now initial threat of protest from the group.
He said: “We’ve had no direct intelligence. I think you’re aware that there was direct intelligence last year, and most people in this room don’t know that The Open was targeted last year.
“We have significant security procedures in place. We work clearly with the law enforcement agencies, and we’ll wait and see what happens.”
“We have advised the players please don’t get involved and I stand by that.
“Beyond that I think security matters I need to keep confidential.”
Previously at Wimbledon, an eco-nut charged onto Court 18 and hurled a puzzle and orange confetti during Boulter’s first round match against Australian Daria Saville.
He was quickly tackled and dragged off by security.
Another protestor was previously hurled off the Lord’s pitch by hero England wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow after attempting to wreck the second Ashes test match.
The four-day event saw the world’s top talent tee off yesterday with thousands of golf fans gathered to enjoy the show.
GettyThe crowd were glad to see the back of the protesters as they were frogmarched off[/caption]
EPAAnother Just Stop Oil protestor being removed[/caption]
PAAnother eco yob being taken away by cops[/caption]
ReutersA spectator is escorted off the course after being hit in the head by a tee shot on the 12th hole by Zach Johnson[/caption]
GettyPGA star Billy Horschel[/caption]