‘Clint Eastwood saved my life’

Hollywood actor Clint Eastwood turned into a real-life hero this week when he came to the rescue of the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am’s tournament director.

Steve John appeared to have a “look of panic” on his face during a dinner on the eve of the golf tournament in California and Eastwood stepped in to stop him from choking.

John got in trouble when he tried to swallow a piece of cheese at a function for tournament volunteers, but the 83-year-old Eastwood saved him by performing the Heimlich manoeuvre.

“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 Carmel Pine Cone 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 lemons squeezed in it.”

Eastwood is the chairman of the Monterey Peninsula Foundation and will present the trophy to the winner on Sunday, and he was also a real pro when it came to saving the tournament director.

“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.”