American golfer Billy Horschel played a role in removing a woman from the Royal Liverpool Golf Course in Hoylake, as greenkeepers swiftly used leaf blowers to clear the orange powder left behind by the incident.
The R&A, the organizing body of The Open, confirmed that one protester was apprehended on the 17th hole and is among four individuals who have been arrested.
Fortunately, the disruption did not affect play, and the R&A expressed gratitude to the marshals, players, and spectators for their vigilance.
According to a statement from Just Stop Oil, the organization responsible for the protest, three of their supporters ran onto the 17th hole, igniting a smoke flare and throwing orange powder paint onto the green.
However, players Corey Connors of Canada, Alex Noren of Sweden, and Billy Horschel successfully completed the par-three hole in three shots before proceeding to their final hole.
To ensure the safety of the event, Open organizers had taken additional security precautions and advised players not to engage with any individuals attempting to disrupt play.
It is now reported that the police have assigned an officer to each green on the course.
This is not the first time Just Stop Oil protesters have targeted sporting events in England this year. They previously caused disturbances at Wimbledon tennis matches and an Ashes cricket Test at Lord’s.
In June, England wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow escorted one pitch invader to the boundary at Lord’s, and earlier this month, three people disrupted a Wimbledon court by throwing orange paper and jigsaw pieces.
Another incident occurred in April during the World Snooker Championship, where a man jumped onto a table and scattered orange powder