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Dead US Open fan enjoyed '3 hours of bliss'

Brooks Koepka (AP)
Brooks Koepka (AP)

Cape Town - On Friday during the second round of the US Open, an elderly spectator died at Erin Hills.

New details have emerged about the man and the circumstances surrounding his death.

Golfweek caught up with the family of Marshall Jacobs, who spent the last day of his 94 years at Erin Hills, enjoying the game he loved with his son Bill.

According to Golfweek, Jacobs' wife of 68 years, Lucille, passed away last Tuesday, so Bill took his ailing father, who was suffering from lingering effects of a hip transplant, to the US Open in their home state on Friday to celebrate the life of their matriarch.

Bill and his sister Patti Loftin were at Erin Hills again on Sunday.

She told Golfweek of her father, "He loved golf. He loved my mom. He loved his family."

On the day of Marshall's death, he and Bill attended the second round, setting up at the sixth hole for what Bill said was "three hours of bliss."

Marshall became unresponsive around 13:20. Medics arrived but did not administer treatment due to a Do Not Resuscitate directive.

"He got to see his favourite golfer (Steve Stricker) make that last putt," Bill Jacobs told the website. 

"Jesus came down and said, 'Hey, Marshall, I'm going to bring you up and reunite you with your wife. Because obviously, you didn't want to spend any more time here."

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