Eastwood, 83, noticed a "look of panic" on the face of
tournament official Steve John as he tried to swallow a piece of
cheese during a function for tournament volunteers at the
Monterey Conference Center in California on Wednesday night.
Immediately, Eastwood stepped in and performed the Heimlich
maneuver, the Carmel Pine Cone reported in Friday's edition.
"I looked in his eyes and saw that look of panic people have
when they see their life passing before their eyes," Eastwood
told the newspaper. "It looked bad.
"The look on Steve's face was different than when somebody is
just coughing or joking around.
"I gave him three good jolts, and that got it out. And then I
made him drink a big glass of water with a bunch of lemon
squeezed in it."
Eastwood, a prominent figure at the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am
where he used to compete as an amateur, said it was the first
time he had used the Heimlich maneuver.
"We were just talking," John said. "A piece of cheese went in my
mouth, and suddenly I couldn't breathe. It was as bad as it
could have been.
"Clint came up behind me, and he knew exactly what to do. He
lifted me right off the ground. He's strong! The cheese popped
out, and I was fine. Clint saved my life."
Eastwood performs an official role at the tournament as chairman
of the Monterey Peninsula Foundation and presents the trophy to
the winner on Sunday. Previous recipients include Tiger Woods
and Phil Mickelson.
(Reporting by Mark Lamport-Stokes in
Los Angeles; editing by Gene Cherry)
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