Well the good news is he got a "birdie"
Sorry had to say it.
Actually, what is sad is there were 15 people there who said nothing. You would think someone would have said let me try to scare it with a book or noises before letting him hit golf balls at it.
I know he is a pro but I bet he honestly thought he could not hit it. When I am golfing, I think I can get around the trees and wouldn't you know I hit every one. In this case he probably thought he could hit close to it, but never hit it directly.
It was a sad thing to do and I am sure he will be punished.