A man helped to liven up Webb Simpson's U.S. Open Trophy victory speech. Dressed in Union Jack knitted headwear, the man jumped in front of the cameras and enjoyed seconds of fame that briefly eclipsed the golf champion's.
According to Daily Mail, the incident happened as NBC's Bob Costas interviewed Simpson after his maiden major title victory.
The Telegraph reports Simpson was saying: “I got off to a slow start but I knew that...” He was interrupted by a man in Union Jack hat who, blocking Simpson from view, launched into loud squawking bird calls. US Golf Association officials rushed up and dragged him away.
According to MSN Now, the man continued his bird calls even while officers dragged him away. Daily Mail reports he was later handcuffed and taken away by police officers.
Simpson was back in the limelight after the man was taken away. He had appeared rather amused at the man's antics.
Daily Mail reports that 26-year-old Simpson is the 15th different major winner in a row. He is now fifth in world ranking. He is also the third consecutive American to win one of golf's grand slam events after he beat North Ireland's Graeme McDowell and American Michael Thompson by one shot, Daily Mail reports.
BBC reports he said: "I've never felt nerves like I felt today. I had to hit my legs because I couldn't feel them. I probably prayed more the last three holes than I ever did in my life."
He commented on the birdman interloper: "He just appeared in front of me. I wasn't sure if that was part of the deal."
According to The Telegraph, he called to the man when he was being taken away, saying: “Enjoy the jail cell pal.”