The U.S. Open is making news this year for all the wrong reasons. First we had Phil Mickelson withdrawing to attend his daughter’s graduation. Then we had a blimp fall out of the sky and crash. And now we have this. Apparently officials found evidence of E. coli in the hydration system at Erin Hills Golf Course. Here is the story.
The Washington Ozaukee Public Health Department identified E. coli bacteria in a drinking water sample collected from one hydration station near hole number 12 at the U.S. Open at Erin Hills. The station was shut off Thursday morning, June 15th — however, some visitors may have consumed water from the contaminated hydration station between Tuesday afternoon and Thursday morning. According to a news release, there has been no evidence of other water lines or hydration stations being affected and no incidences of illness reported. The championship organizers provided complimentary bottled water at the impacted hydration station for attendees throughout the day while waiting for preliminary results to be confirmed.
E. coli bacteria found in drinking water at US Open water station https://t.co/ULesZEbwlv
— AP Sports (@AP_Sports) June 16, 2017
— Golf Digest (@GolfDigest) June 16, 2017
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) June 16, 2017
After E. coli concern, @USGA now says the free "bottled water" promised Thurs. is in jugs, so you have to bring your own clear empty bottle.
— Theo Keith (@TheoKeith) June 16, 2017
Despite all the off the course incidents, the play on the course seems to be surprisingly going well thus far. The last time a sporting event had this many problems and issues with the drinking water was this past year's Rio Olympics. Let's just hope that this is the end of the off course incidents and the only news we hear coming from the U.S. Open the next two days has to do with the play on the course.