Troon - An Open Championship caddie was taken to hospital
after being hit on the head by a stray shot from former world No 1 Vijay Singh
during a practice round on Tuesday.
William Ciplinski, bagman for American veteran Marco Dawson,
was lying flat out on a golf buggy when he was initially taken to the medical
centre at Royal Troon.
Open officials said the injuries the caddie sustained were
not serious and that he was talking and fully conscious before being
transferred to hospital for overnight observation.
Ciplinski was standing on the eighth green when he was
struck by an errant tee shot from Fijian Singh on the seventh hole.
Dawson qualified for the Open by winning the senior
equivalent at Sunningdale 12 months ago.
The 52-year-old will tee-off at 15:21 local time (16:21 SA
time) in Thursday's opening round in the company of England's Matthew Southgate
and Yosuke Tsukada of Japan.